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Project by mahdee posted 03-24-2019 03:26 PM 222 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, it started about 8-10 months ago when I decided to buy a pen for my boss whom I respect and admire very much. After making a few disappointing purchases, I expressed my dissatisfaction to the last seller because the pen was obviously slapped together with nicks on the body; I don’t think it was sanded at all. The reply from the seller was, “maybe you need to make your own”.

Well, I took the advice and ran with it. Strangely enough, a few days later I was contacted by a person in California inquiring about twenty pens she needed to give as gifts to her family in France. I accepted the inquiry and purchased a HF lathe and ordered the pen hardware from Pen state and cut a bunch of 1”x1” from my scraps. While waiting for the pen hardware to arrive, several hours of reading and watching a few videos gave me the basic concept of the process of pen making. The first pen-my first pen picture I presented to her was a turn off; she said, “It looks like sausage”. Off course, I totally disagreed mainly because it was made with cherry and it looked more like hotdogs!

Anyways, after making a few more pens, I came to the realization that regardless of the shape; the wood parts just didn’t turn me on; everyone of them looked blah. So, I went on the limb (as usual) and started making a few pens that I now call “earth pens”. After presenting her with a few pictures of them to the customer, she totally fell in love with them and one day before her departure, she got all 22 pens that I had made for her.

It is funny how sometimes all things come together with very little effort. Her purchase paid for my lathe and the pen hardware and then some. This pen is my latest from another line of pens I am working on made with malachite stones and copper. It looked worn and very antique-like sanded down with 0000 steel wool but I went ahead and made it shiny. The stones and the copper have added a very nice weight to the pen that feels very pleasant in one’s hand. I have been videoing my work and promoting my earth pens to different pen hardware sellers. so far, about 11 episode recorded and I think I am done.
Thanks for looking.


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View Andre's profile


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#1 posted 03-24-2019 04:35 PM

Sure is funny looking “WOOD” ?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 03-24-2019 05:38 PM

Thanks Andy… You inspire me. The wood substrate holds everything together.


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#3 posted 03-24-2019 11:21 PM

Very Cool Pen – great color (and material) combination. Looking forward to more of these.

Different subject – How is your Golden Bough project coming along? Did you find an apple branch?

Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#4 posted 03-25-2019 01:05 AM

Hi leafherder,
Thank you. As it relates to the apple tree, I am still waiting for Spring so the tree begin to flower. I have two apple trees to make the cane with. As always with magic, all criterions must be met or it will not work.


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#5 posted 03-25-2019 01:31 PM

wow that malachite and copper are incredible together,very cool looking pen.

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

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#6 posted 03-25-2019 01:45 PM

Thank you pottz. I came up with that idea when I was asked to make a walking cane for a gentleman. The stone is very soft and wonderful to work with.


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