Pen #6 - OR - Solstice

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 12-21-2018 11:30 PM 333 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First, a little piffle, as is my wont.
Some Ficus Trees about a mile up the street from home. I found myownbadself at the red light, yesterday, with an opportunity to get a full-facial of these majestic trees. Also, in the back of my wretched head, is the knowledge that these giants are slated for removal at an unknown time in the future, because they’re somehow diseased. Many of the Ficus in Whittier are to suffer the same fate. Tis a pity. Much of my home town’s visual identity is tied up in them. I meet paople from all over the land, and, indeed all over the planet, in my duties as an Uber Partner. Frequently, someone will ask where I’m from. I say,
“I’m a native.”
“Where do you live?”
And, more frequently than one might assume, the interrogateur is familiar with “Ye Olde Quaker Towne,” and will say,
“I love the tree-framed streets there.”

And then, there are trees we could probably do with a few less of. I found this one just off Santa Monica Boulevard, last night, near Sunset Junction. I call the photo, “Moon Palm.”

That completes the piffle portion of the program.
Let us move on to today’s show-and-tell.

The pen kit manufacturer calls this model “Dearhunter.” I call the pen “Solstice”, because, well, that’s what today is.
It’s another bolt-action, like the Pen(cil) in my previous offering. Big, HUGE difference between the two. I.e.: This one works. I did it right. I did it right, and then some. Of course, I’ll explain.

On point the first, please observe, if you will, Photo #2, and Photo #3, in the Gallery. They show the pen retracted, and extended, respectively.

On point the “then some,” witness, if you care, in Photo #4, my wretched attempt to incorporate a silver ring detail in two places on the barrel. This was done, as I’m sure you know, by use of pop can material (Al Yoomeen), Medium CA, and a very thin gent’s saw.

The finish is my new BFF: YG and HS.

Yeah. Last night, I found myownbadself near Rockler (Torrance, this time), and, WHAT???, spent more money. Three new kits (and bushings). Get a load of this: One of the kits – what they call a “Retro Roller Ball” – is a double-barrel pen with (ARE YOU SITTING DOWN?) barrel tubes of two different sizes. Sizes for which I possess neither drills nor reamers. And, so, we wait. The other one, I have everything required. It’ll be up next. I’m watching epoxy dry, as I write this, for, quite naturally, I’m trying to get all “fancy” with it.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

-- Mark

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 12-22-2018 02:21 AM

Nice bolt action pen, Mark.
Have you notices that the E mail notices have been turned off again?

Merry Christmas, my friend…Cheers, Jim

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

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Mark Wilson

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#2 posted 12-22-2018 08:43 AM

I wondered about that, Jim. There’s a heart-breaking lack of response to this posting.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 12-22-2018 08:49 PM

Hi Mark,

I like this one – I REALLY like this one – has a very steam-punk look to the metal work and you did a great job of coordinating the colors of the wood to the metals.

As to the ficus trees slated for removal – I feel your pain. My ‘burb is also noted for its trees (Tree City USA Designation by National Arbor Day Foundation 24 years in a row and counting), but alas we are losing our lovely Ash trees to that nefarious invasive pest the dreaded Emerald Ash Borer. Our Parks department has selected sterile varieties of Gingko and Sweetgum to replace the lovely Ash trees. Both species are noted for their hardiness and resistance to pests and lovely autumn colors. Sterile Gingkos were selected because Gingko fruit smells like dead animals and we can’t be stinking up the parks and streets. Sterile Sweetgums were selected because the seedpods are like lethally spiked golf balls. and we don’t want people or pets stepping on them.

Take care,


-- Leafherder

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#4 posted 12-23-2018 12:02 AM

Boy you really go for the fancy ones!! I LOVE it!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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