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Project by Mark Wilson posted 04-21-2019 10:16 PM 375 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Angle-Cut Canary.

A brief note on what I said about “impregnating” the end fibers with thin CA:

Be very careful. That stuff goes wherever it pleases, including inside the tube. I had to do something odd in order to get the barrel blanks on the mandrel. I mounted the reamer/barrel trimmer in my cordless and wriggled it around from both ends. Both barrels still required some force to get them on, then off the mandrel. The good news is that 1) there was no chippage at the barrel ends and, B) I forgot what “B” was, but there was a “B”. Maybe it’ll come to me before I get to the “post” button.

With regard to “1)”, there was a matter of technique in addition to the dribbling of glue. That is, this wood is cut at an angle. Ergo, the fibers are going “uphill” here and “downhill” there. This meant that 1a) the skew is a poor choice for a tool inasmuch as the skew gets up under the “uphill” fibers and wants to tear out a chunk. I noticed that quickly enough to put the skew away. So, 1b) I returned to the roughing gouge. The technique I found that prevented breakage at the ends was to determine the “uphill”/”downhill” nature of the wood right at the end and, very carefully, very lightly, come in from the bushing on the “downhill” and towards the bushing on the “uphill.” This was nerve wracking. But, it worked out.

As to the photos:

I first photographed this pen on the board in the second and fifth shots.

You do realize that you’ve photographed that Canary pen against a backdrop of Canary, right?

Yes, I do. Stop yelling at me.

A dark background would look nice.

You’re probably right. If I had a nice, un-faded black cloth (I don’t), or velvet, that would work.

The face of your phone is black.

So, it is.

Then, remarkably, whilst I was editing those photos, a cloud stepped aside, and the sun shone upon my go-to Maple log in the driveway.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

-- Mark

12 comments so far

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#1 posted 04-21-2019 10:21 PM

Nice execution mark. The angle cut Canary looks awesome

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#2 posted 04-21-2019 10:28 PM

The “angled” grain really looks nice, Mark. I like the shape you do on the slimlines.

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

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#3 posted 04-21-2019 11:13 PM

Oooohhh Pretty! Very attractive pen – and the photos on the log show it off the bes. Nice camera work.

Thanks for posting

-- Leafherder

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Mark Wilson

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#4 posted 04-21-2019 11:42 PM


Lew: I gotta make them sexy, man. There are no straight lines in nature.

John: Thanks for the input. I think so, too. That’s why the Maple log is my “go-to.” Mebbees, one day, though, it’ll “go away.”

-- Mark

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woodshaver Tony C

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#5 posted 04-22-2019 12:26 AM

You just made my new favorite pen! That angle grain is tops! Great display with the log too!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#6 posted 04-22-2019 01:28 AM

oh man you are now a full blown pen junkie,and their is no cure but their is help.pta-pen turners anonymous-lol. nice work buddy.

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

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#7 posted 04-22-2019 03:38 AM

That’s what I’m talking about. That canary wood has some beautiful color.

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

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#8 posted 04-22-2019 05:11 AM

Wow!... What a post! Gteat work buddy,... On all…

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 04-22-2019 06:43 AM

Very nice Mark, gotta love that wood, especially when angle cut.

Great job Mate.


-- 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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#10 posted 04-22-2019 02:23 PM

i had seen the beautiful knob you made and then I thought did i miss this pen and sure enuff and so glad i searched it out what a beautiful looking pen another winner GREAT JOB :<))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#11 posted 04-22-2019 09:43 PM

Nice one

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

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Cameron Robertson

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#12 posted 04-29-2019 05:49 AM

I admire your dedication towards your passion which is shown on your amazing products. It is never easy working on tiny items that definitely need more time and focus. Time to hit the self storage to retrieve any available canary left!

-- Cameron Robertson, Manager of storage Dee Why -

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