My first 11 pens--Yes it is addictive--Kind of like Lumberjocks!!!

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Project by Durnik150 posted 01-22-2010 01:14 AM 2724 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ll stop with the pens and only post one if it is spectacularly different after this batch. These are the first 11 pens I have turned on my lathe. They are listed by wood type below and left to right. All except 2 are the basic Slimline and those two are Wall Street II kits.

1. Purpleheart (not very purple this time around)
2. Acrylic “Cloud”
3. Cocobolo “Wall Street II”
4. Redheart “Wall Street II”
5. Emerald Acrylic
6. Purple Haze Acrylic
7. Zebrawood
8. Bocote
9. Camo Acrylic
10. White Coffee Bean (Made with real coffee beans—The shop smelled great!)
11. Pomegranate Acrylic

I’m going to try some other pen styles in the near ufture and might try one of the true stone blanks made from crushed and compressed stone. Thanks for taking a look!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#1 posted 01-22-2010 01:16 AM

Great, anouther woodworker with the illness of PENS! How did the coffee bean pen smooth out? I haven’t done any acrylic’s yet, yours look great. Thanks for sharing.

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#2 posted 01-22-2010 01:29 AM

welcome to the club :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#3 posted 01-22-2010 01:50 AM

Some beautiful pens you have there.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#4 posted 01-22-2010 02:18 AM

I’ve been wondering about that coffee bean blank. Those look great. And, yes, pens are very addictive. I probably have 20 different bushing sets. Just make sure if you sell them that you don’t short change yourself, people are willing to pay more than you may think they are worth. And stay away from pencils, they are a pain in the @$$, just one man’s opinion.

Good luck and happy turning!


-- - In the end, everything will be okay. If it isn't okay, it isn't the end yet.

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#5 posted 01-22-2010 02:27 AM

Great pens….I turn several now and then…perfect for gifts….and they are great for instant gratification -

I recently made a great purchase from a garage sale by a person that was quiting turning for health reasons…he had lots of great kits….Christmas decorations, coffee grinders, pens, pencils, walking canes….and some other small project kits…I was too late for any of the wood….but the kits were great and reasonably priced.

Curious Jeff, why you thing pencils are bad? I turn several different pencil kits (I find alot of folks really like a pen and pencil set).

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#6 posted 01-22-2010 02:35 AM

Wow great bunch of pens

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#7 posted 01-22-2010 02:35 AM

Charles, Great collection of pens. Looks like you’ve found your niche. Keep up the great turnings.

-- John @

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#8 posted 01-22-2010 03:01 AM

Glad I have not succumbed yet… never get anything done if I start turning pens… way too addictive… LMAO

Nice pens BTW…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#9 posted 01-22-2010 03:07 AM

Nice bunch of pens. Good job. Turned my first few the last few weeks. It can be addictive but a fun way to kill an hour of so in the shop.

-- Duane, Iowa

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#10 posted 01-22-2010 04:05 AM

Nice work, now whatca gonna do with them??

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 01-22-2010 04:18 AM

Very nice pens! I have a few(6) favorites out of the bunch. How in the world did you come up with the look on the white coffee bead pen?!

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#12 posted 01-22-2010 04:39 AM

Thanks for all the comments folks! A couple questions about the coffee bean pen. It is an acrylic blank with infused coffee beans suspended in the mix. Since they are infused with acrylic, they turn just like the rest of the pen. I followed through with the micro-mesh papers up to 12,000 grit and the whole thing came out great! I’ll probably build up an inventory and see if there is any market for them at the local craft shows.

Thanks again!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#13 posted 01-22-2010 08:25 AM

Fantastic group of pens. I haven;t got hooked on them yet, but I am sure it is comeing. Great collection of colors and materials.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#14 posted 01-22-2010 03:10 PM

Nice Group welcome to the addiction LOL


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#15 posted 01-22-2010 10:58 PM

I wonder if they have a 12-step program for making pens on your new lathe. Hmmm. Might be time for an intervention!
Seriously – these are terrific looking pens. I’m glad you’re having fun with it.

-- Where did all this sawdust come from?

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