Pen #15 "Angle Cut" Canarywood

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 03-22-2019 03:54 AM 249 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While I have sold a few of my existing pens, lately (One, this afternoon, in fact, to my mechanic), that’s not, precisely, why you’re seeing me making pens. Someone (I don’t want to say any names, but, their initials are RBS and the KSM) recently asked me to make a half-dozen of them. So, the next few postings will, likely, be pens.

This – #15 – is the first of the set. It is Canary wood, a small package of which blanks I purchased. It’s a Slimline, and it’s finished in CA. There’s a real chatoyance in this wood. I tried to capture it in the photos. Alas, it’s still impossible to capture a shimmering effect photographically. I was kinda hoping the laws of nature might be suspended for this.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 03-22-2019 05:37 AM

I see you took some serious job with pens. Looking forward to see them all. Beautiful wood on this one. I like the background to. Seems like you are good in photography too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 03-22-2019 02:15 PM

two real nice pens buddy,glad to hear your getting some sales too.looks like the pen addiction has taken hold of you.if your like me it’s gonna take a few hundred before you settle down though-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#3 posted 03-22-2019 04:08 PM

It is a beauty Mark!

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

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Mark Wilson

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#4 posted 03-22-2019 04:08 PM


-- Mark

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#5 posted 03-22-2019 05:19 PM

The beauty of pen making is that no two are alike so your customers are truly getting a custom pen.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#6 posted 03-22-2019 05:47 PM

Very nice. What is your process for finishing with CA?

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

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Mark Wilson

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#7 posted 03-22-2019 06:17 PM

Thanks, Wayne. I learned it from this. Except that I sand to 12000, using Micro Mesh, and, I use 1000 between coats.

-- Mark

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#8 posted 03-22-2019 06:51 PM

That one is a beauty – that angle cut really shows of the grain. Keep ‘em coming…

-- Leafherder

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#9 posted 03-23-2019 12:28 AM

Great grain in that pen, Mark. you are definitely getting me interested in pen making! I even bough some kits!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#10 posted 03-23-2019 01:03 AM

Very pretty wood. Nice job.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#11 posted 03-23-2019 07:52 AM

Thanks, Jim and Andy. Jim: I keep hearing you talking about it. Not like you to be reticent about anything.

-- Mark

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#12 posted 04-01-2019 12:08 AM

Nice grain.

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

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