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Project by Bob Collins posted 09-20-2017 07:00 AM 1534 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been out of action for some time (travelling) and when meeting up with some wood turners I was criticized for never turning a pen so got the butt into action. Bought the equipment and pen kits, cut some of the wood pile into blanks and last month turned out the first one and was instantly addicted. The Annual wood working show I enter each year was coming up so I checked the internet for ideas of doing something different like Celtic knots and
simple segmenting etc and soon had the pens running of the production line. Trying to do something different from the norm. I added the hands to hold the pens, used the Lichtenberg burner to pattern the base added a couple of coats of poly the night before I headed to Melbourne for the Show. I think the main hand won the second prize as I didn’t have time to produce the finish I would have liked but the ribbon and $200 cheque was a bonus. I’ll post my other entry shortly, it didn’t impress the judges but it was nice to enter and compete.
Cheers Bob C.

-- RIP Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#1 posted 09-20-2017 02:42 PM

This is a wonderful collection of pens.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 09-20-2017 02:45 PM

Way to go, Bob, That is a super display. Very nice pens, too. I have never seen anything like it. You are now an official award winning pen turner!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can tell everyone I know you, too!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 09-20-2017 04:00 PM

Way to go, Bob, That is a super display. Very nice pens, too. I have never seen anything like it. You are now an official award winning pen turner!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can tell everyone I know you, too!!

Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh

You just made yourself a tough act to follow! NICE!—Great to get a check too! Buys more TOOLS (toys-according to most women)!

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

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#4 posted 09-20-2017 04:08 PM

Congratulations Bob on a job well done. For a guy who’s never done pens before I’d say ya pretty much nailed it.

-- Mark

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#5 posted 09-20-2017 08:01 PM

Long time no see Mate, this is a Wow Bob I can see why you were chosen in the prizes, great pens but even more so with the stand, that is one impressive way to display your Goodies. Absolute Top job

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

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#6 posted 09-20-2017 08:05 PM

Very nice. I like the display.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#7 posted 09-20-2017 09:38 PM

I have to agree with the earlier comments, and that really is a novel stand for presenting your work. Congratulations on the award.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#8 posted 09-21-2017 03:38 AM

Wow Bob, those are really interesting.
I love the holder, great idea.
I wondered where you had got to?
Welcome back.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#9 posted 09-21-2017 04:58 AM

WOW!!!!!!! That is Stunning Bob…...The Pens are superb and I admire the different types of wood and the segmentation and Celtic Knots…Very Clever Idea….. By Gee Bob those hands are very real looking….....even the finger nails have a workers look to them. Great Project and welcome back. I thought we might have to organize a search party for you.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#10 posted 09-21-2017 03:46 PM

Hey Bob Long time no respond to your posts,been only on WCI forum. Very nice project you got going with the hand and the pens , I know you love doing your own thing, job well done Bruce

-- NSBruce

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#11 posted 09-21-2017 05:52 PM

What a great job Bob. Not only did you do super work on the pens the display is outstanding.

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

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#12 posted 09-24-2017 11:19 PM

Very impressive Bob, but I’ve heard that pen turning can be additive….

Congratulation on the prize win!!

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#13 posted 09-26-2017 10:29 PM

Bob, you sure have a winner there. Well done

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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