5th grade Pens

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Project by clieb91 posted 06-10-2017 11:11 AM 1249 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi All, believe it or not I am still around. Just have not been doing much in the way of posting. For those of you that do know me (as there are a ton of new people here) You may recall that my daughter has been turning pens for her teachers since kindergarten.

Click for details: My daughter takes a turn

Well as of yesterday she is no longer in elementary school and is heading to the middle school in September. We will not discuss the challenges that come with that transition. :) But all of that being said she once again joined me in the shop and produced 5 very nice pens for some of her favorite people at the school. I am quite proud of her and what she has been able to do and learn over the years. This year I did help out but she did much more of the turning then ever even rounding down most of the blanks on her own. As the colorwood can be tricky to get started I have always done that part for her.

The 4 kits she decided to make are Fly Fishing pen from PS kit and black mulberry for her teacher who is an avid fisherman, 2 lanyard pens for the principals, a slimline for her counselor, and a 3mm artist pencil for her art teacher. The 4 kits were made with colorwood which just happens to be the school colors. Her teacher received one of these pens for Christmas already.

So now we move on, as I said I am quite proud that she still wants to do this project each year. She is of course spending less and less time in the shop with me but when she needs something or wants something I love that she has the skills and wants to help me build it.

Have a great summer all and i will try a little harder to be more active.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#1 posted 06-10-2017 12:50 PM

Your daughter is doing a fine job on those pens. I know you must be proud to see the results. Keep them interested is what I always say.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 06-10-2017 01:54 PM

This is such a great post and awesome thing to see. We all had a first day in the shop and stuck with it and improved, for our love of woodworking. Turning since kindergarten WOW. Tell her as he is making some beautiful projects and look fwd to seeing many more. Love it.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 06-10-2017 04:27 PM

Very well made pens. She can be proud of her accomplishments on the lathe.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 06-10-2017 08:46 PM

Very nice work, loved seeing the concentration on her face as she was turning the pens

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#5 posted 06-10-2017 09:29 PM

Chris it’s great to see Dads helping to develop their young ones skills & learning, would you just look at the concentration on her face :-).
I reckon she might give you a part time job sweeping the floors coz it looks like that lathe has a new owner.
Great post Mate

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 06-11-2017 02:29 PM

Good afternoon….. I attentively looked at a photo and is forced to make the remark. – Distance between Podruchnik and the processed detail very big. I see that the subbench hammer long (it is more than processed detail) and does not enter. It is necessary to deliver smaller (shorter) This big violation of safe engineering. Especially it is your daughter. And still, height of a subbench hammer has to be higher than an axis of the processed detail. It is important too. Excuse and regard it how to grumble. Safe engineering first of all…... I wish Creative achievements and you and your daughter.

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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