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Project by Acts65Woodworks posted 03-22-2019 05:24 PM 700 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Woodworking is great, but recently much of my time has been spent doing shop reorganization and tool maintenance. I started working on some hand tool projects but that has been coming along pretty slowly, as I finalize my design and mill the lumber… that’s why I enjoy pen turning… quick project from beginning to end and a beautiful final product to show for it.

This pen is made from some cherry burl and resin. The burl is beautiful but relatively unusable in most contexts, but add a little resin and you have a perfectly functional (and beautiful) turning blank. I love how the blue resin looks alongside the cherry. If it were up to me, I would make blue resin blanks every time, but I also really enjoy involving my children and my daughter mixed in some pink, purple, and red. I also made a pen blank from some alder cones.

In case anyone is curious… I use a Delta Midi Lathe, turn between centers, use HSS tools. I finished the pens with medium and thin CA and wet sanded with micromesh. I cast the wood/resin blanks with Alumilite Amazing Clearcast, Alumilite dye, Jacqaurd Pearl Ex powder. I did not use a vacuum or pressure pot. I used silicone ice molds. Let me know if you have any questions.

IAP, International Association of Penturners and the Pen Turning Group on FB were really helpful in getting me started and helping me to continue and learn

-- Steven, California, , https://www.instagram.com/acts65_woodworks/, https://www.etsy.com/shop/Acts65Woodworks





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WayneC

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#1 posted 03-22-2019 05:53 PM

I would be interested if you would do a blog post on casting the blanks. The effect is beautiful. Have you tried turning antler?

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

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ralbuck

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#2 posted 03-22-2019 05:53 PM

Gorgeous pens.

I really like the display stand used too.

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

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Acts65Woodworks

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#3 posted 03-22-2019 06:36 PM

WayneC – Thank you! I don’t know when I will blog about it, but here is a Youtube video that explains the process I go through to make the blank. I have some antler, but I have not gotten around to turning it yet. I have seen some beautiful antler pens, but I am holding off because I am not looking forward to the dust created when turning antler (I hear it smells awful and is toxic).


I would be interested if you would do a blog post on casting the blanks. The effect is beautiful. Have you tried turning antler?

- WayneC


-- Steven, California, , https://www.instagram.com/acts65_woodworks/, https://www.etsy.com/shop/Acts65Woodworks

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Acts65Woodworks

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#4 posted 03-22-2019 06:40 PM

ralbuck – Thank you!


Gorgeous pens.

I really like the display stand used too.

- ralbuck


-- Steven, California, , https://www.instagram.com/acts65_woodworks/, https://www.etsy.com/shop/Acts65Woodworks

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pottz

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#5 posted 03-22-2019 07:46 PM

wow your pens are gorgeous,i gotta try some of those hybrid burl and resin pens sometime,love that look.and your right about the smell,fills the whole shop quickly,but the look is worth it especially making the popular rifle pens,hunters love em.

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

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Acts65Woodworks

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#6 posted 03-22-2019 08:34 PM

pottz – Thank you! Yeah, I really enjoy making and turning the hybrid blanks. They are fun to make because I can chose the colors and wood. They are easy to turn, as the epoxy or urethane resins turn like butter, unlike some of the chippy acrylic blanks out there.

As far as antler, maybe one day I will turn one for my hunting friend, but first I need to make a hunting friend =) I actually have some hunter friends but they are out of state. I don’t come across many hunters in suburban Southern California.


wow your pens are gorgeous,i gotta try some of those hybrid burl and resin pens sometime,love that look.and your right about the smell,fills the whole shop quickly,but the look is worth it especially making the popular rifle pens,hunters love em.

- pottz


-- Steven, California, , https://www.instagram.com/acts65_woodworks/, https://www.etsy.com/shop/Acts65Woodworks

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clieb91

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#7 posted 03-24-2019 11:31 AM

Great combination. I am not a huge fan of turning resin pens, but love the hybrid type.
Good luck with the rest of the projects, glad you could take a break and make a few pens. I too love how quickly them come together.

CtL

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

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