Pen(cil) #27

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 05-02-2019 08:22 AM 377 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Welcome to May. I’m glad to know you made it. Assuming you did. I, for one, hope you did.

I hove to along the curb at a park on the upper East side – Lincoln Park, in point of fact – because there was a place to put my flivver, and, also, because parks have latrines, and, on the stroll back to my conveyance, what should step out and pose for a photo but this funny-looking little dog.

This is outside my front door, on a rose bush Momma planted some forty years in the way-back machine.

So is this. The same bush. It’s a peculiar bush, in that it pops flowers of different colors samultimeously.

Yellow, white, pink. Occasionally, though not right now, even blood-red.

I’m going somewhere with this.

I’m sure you are.

In all my pen-making, I’ve been longing to make a pen of light color. So, the other day, I was at Rockler in Torrance because I thought I needed special bushings for this Thing. I didn’t. It’s a Slimline, calling for Slimline bushings. However, I did come across a couple of blanks that caught my attention. This one – this pen that’s a pencil – is of Birdseye Maple. (If there are any birds eyes in it, I can’t see them.) Be that as it may, there came to my attention a problem with such a light wood. Of course, I’ve used light woods before, including Birdseye Maple, in other Things I’ve made. But, it’s been awhile.

The upshot is that I found it very difficult to get a decent photo of this item. I used both of my cameras, both at night, in the light of the Dungeon, against different backgrounds, and, also, in daylight shade on my customary log background. I found that nothing I did could keep it from washing out.

Then, early this afternoon (Wednesday), I was sitting in a little parking lot in Huntington Park (name of the city; not a park), when I spied with my little eye a box hedge, right in front of my money-maker. A box hedge is a very dense thing that, sometimes, is so sturdy that one can actually sit on it. So I lay my pen that’s a pencil atop said box hedge and took aim with my phone camera. Who knew? It came pretty close to looking like the Thing actually looks. Then, later, I thought, How about my pant leg in broad daylight? That, also, looked fairly honest.

So, here it is, for your consideration.

The other of the two blanks I bought is in the offing to become a pen to go with this pen that’s a pencil. I haven’t begun, yet, on that. And, I won’t, tonight. I don’t know whether I’ll call that one #28, or #27B, or, #27P, or… What do you think?

And, the “point” you mentioned?...

My Buddies aren’t dimwits, like you. They understand that it’s about COLOR. Mostly. Sorta.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

- If you can’t make both ends meet, try making one end vegetables. -

You know what? Get a load of this. This is funny. Tonight, I popped off one of my clever truisms to a rider in my car, and he asked me to repeat it. He said, “May I quote you?” And, he wrote it into his phone. Then, he asked for more. I happily obliged, then said, “Bon soir.” (He’s French.)

-- Mark

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#1 posted 05-02-2019 10:26 AM

I spy with my little eye a birdseye! Right there in picture 2 in the bullseye center. Personally I do not think that Birdseye Maple lends itself to pens – the pattern is usually too dispersed to show up well on such a small piece of wood. Still it is a lovely pen – a welcome addition to your catalogue. And very creative with the photography backgrounds – good job of seizing the opportunity.

A famous woodworker, and now a soon to be famous pundit. What will you come up with next?

Have a great day,


-- Leafherder

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 05-02-2019 01:39 PM

Nice pencil, Mark!! What wood is it?

cheers, Jim

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

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#3 posted 05-02-2019 02:07 PM

Nice pen and love the flowers, In the north here, I have daffodils blooming only, Have been digging up the flower beds, for summer blooms.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#4 posted 05-02-2019 07:53 PM

Nice turning and story to go with it.

Cute little dog, too!

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

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#5 posted 05-02-2019 10:09 PM

Good one Mark, nice background shot as well.

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

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Mark Wilson

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#6 posted 07-14-2019 07:23 AM

Nice pencil, Mark!! What wood is it?

cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh

Now we know who does, and doesn’t, read the text. I apologize. Two months later,and I couldn’t let it pass. I’m in here, looking for something else.

-- Mark

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