Pen #30

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 05-09-2019 04:04 AM 239 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Do you remember this?

That piece of QSO was badly warped when I began the dish. So badly, in point of fact, that it was more than an inch longer than it was wide. Ergo, I had to cut it square in order to use it. Now, this is the kind of wood you simply don’t discard, even if it is a piece that has the grain running across it.

Hence, it was with some trepidation that I approached the concept of getting a pen out of it. It worked. Mostly. If you look closely at the photos, you may see that there’s a little chip-out at the fingertip end. (I did NOT try to glue debris into it – I learned my lesson last time I glued a pen to my mandrel.)

I don’t expect anyone to want this one, given the chip. But, it sure is pretty, innit? I still have enough of that cutoff to get a single-barrel pen or pencil out of. I also still have the other platter-size slab of the bookmatched set from which I made the four-corn.

It was a bookmatched set? You broke up a bookmatched set of that gorgeous stuff, instead of making a box of it? Are you some kind of dunce?

Maybe I am. But, it was my bookmatched set, wasn’t it?

Thank you. And, I apologize.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 05-09-2019 04:42 AM


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

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#2 posted 05-09-2019 06:09 AM

I like boxes, but since you are on a pen making tear, I understand completely. This is the pen shape and design I like best. The wood grain is exceptional. Now that you have started down that path, make some more from that block.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 05-09-2019 06:13 AM

Nice looking pen Mark, great about wood work you can always turn something into something else. Great piece of wood.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#4 posted 05-09-2019 06:54 AM

....still counting…nice work buddy…good looking wood.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 05-09-2019 08:45 AM

Very nice….that’s a great way to use that beautiful piece of wood!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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woodshaver Tony C

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#6 posted 05-09-2019 10:01 AM

Nothing but good feelings when the wood is this nice and your project turns out looking great! Nice work on another beautiful pen Mark!

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

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#7 posted 05-09-2019 11:51 AM

Beautiful – I’ve been waiting for you to take the challenge of creating your own pen blanks. BRAVO!

Book matched boxes are commonplace. Book matched platters with matching pens? OOOOH I sense a new trend.

Thanks for posting,


-- Leafherder

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#8 posted 05-09-2019 01:28 PM

thats a real beauty buddy,spectacular grain,well done.

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

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#9 posted 05-09-2019 01:53 PM

Well done, the grain is very beautiful

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#10 posted 05-09-2019 02:17 PM

this might just be the best one ever GREAT JOB :<)))

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

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#11 posted 05-10-2019 11:24 AM

Great grain in that pen, Mark!!


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

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#12 posted 05-11-2019 10:37 PM

Beautiful wood on that pen.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 05-14-2019 03:55 AM

Another good top 3 Mark.

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

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