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Project by Mark Wilson posted 05-17-2019 04:54 PM 360 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Purpleheart. Black Titanium Pioneer.

First time I’ve ever used Purpleheart for anything. It’s very subtle, innit?

Thank you. And, I apologize.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 05-17-2019 05:04 PM

I hope you know who invented pen… It was Croatian guy PENKALA SLAVOLJUB… Cheers

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 05-17-2019 05:31 PM

Wow that’s an attention grabber – in a good way. With colors like those you don’t need any extra ornamentation. Your task now is to find a school or sports team that uses those colors and sell them a boatload of those pens.

Have a great weekend,


-- Leafherder

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#3 posted 05-17-2019 09:27 PM

Again, you have chosen the perfect combination of wood and parts.

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

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#4 posted 05-18-2019 01:29 AM

love purpleheart. it has its own distinct smell that makes me think i’m turning grapes or some other fruit. Very nice pen, mark

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

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#5 posted 05-18-2019 02:30 AM

purple heart is a very cool wood although with enough exposure to light it will eventually turn did a nice job on this buddy.

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 05-18-2019 02:41 AM

Wow, I have never see it so red! Nice pen, Mark.

cheers, Jim

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

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Mark Wilson

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#7 posted 05-18-2019 05:48 AM

Now, I’m bewildered.

1) Lew, for the umpteenth time, has remarked that I seem to match the wood well with the hardware.

B) Jim says he’s never see (sic) it so red.

X, Y, and Z) I’m color-challenged. I read “Purpleheart,” and I believe it’s purple. I”m all, THAT’S what purple looks like!

I’m confused.

John: I have a boatload of pens that no one seems to want.

Tooch: The only smell I got was when I was drilling it, and it got hot. Smelled like burning wood.

-- Mark

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#8 posted 05-18-2019 04:14 PM

You’re #1 Mark! Obviously people like this pen. Congratulations.

-- Leafherder

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#9 posted 05-18-2019 11:48 PM

Great use of the purple heart Mark.

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

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#10 posted 05-18-2019 11:59 PM

looks like redheart to me but it is one beautiful pen hope it dont change color too much GREAT JOB :<))))

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

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Mark Wilson

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#11 posted 05-19-2019 06:48 AM

I read a long time ago that color-blindness is exclusive to the male of our species, and that we get it, genetically, from our mothers’ DNA. (Some kind of cosmic joke? I don’t know.) In any case, anytime I’m shopping for clothes (not very often), and I need to get pants and a shirt that go together, I collar a nearby woman and ask for help. This is true. I’m not making it up. I’m not shy about it.

“Excuse me, ma’am/miss. Do these two things go together?,” is how it goes.

“These would look better together.”

“Thank you.”

“Any time.”

Not once has one of them run screaming, to my delight.

This morning, I had two thirty-something ladies in my car, and they ask about the pens I keep in the console. (This is, usually, how a sales pitch begins.)

“Oh. These old things? I made these, and I sell them. What color is this one,” said I, handing back the Purpleheart one.

You know what both of them said?


Now, I’m confused.

I also keep, in the console, a little pot that I made. It holds a couple of my pens. (I just found out that I’ve been lying to people for a long time about it.)

“Hey. Did you make this, too?”

“Yes. It’s beautiful, isn’t it?”

“Very much so, sir. What kind of wood is that?”

“Jacaranda,” say I.” (That’s the lie. It’s been around so long that I forgot that it’s Cape Chestnut. This happens almost every day.)

“What’s that?” At this point, I’ll look around and spot a blooming Jacaranda (they’re really coming around, now).

“You see that Purple tree over there?” (This happened this morning, in fact.) “This pot is what that tree looks like inside.”

“Wow.” (Poor, ignorant fool.)

What I’ve never heard anyone say is, “That’s not purple.”

And, you know what? They don’t look purple to me, anymore. They look blue.

Larry Pottz. You know what I’m talking about, Buddy. You see them all over your neck of the Southland, too. Are they just a different kind of purple?

Thank you. And I apologize. I honestly didn’t mean for this posting to become such a rant. Sometimes, this “color-stupidity” is a real vexation. It’s the thing that keeps me from getting too enthusiastic about Marquetry, though it’s one of the wooden arts I’d dearly love to engage in. (And, no. I can’t just use a color gauge – two colors can be identical on one of those, and, I don’t see it. I had to put markings on my Micro Mesh pads, to keep them in order. I’ve dropped a set of those, on a number of occasions. I had to gather them up and take them down the street to Clyde’s and the late Bonnie’s mommy for help straightening them out. There’s a color gauge that came with the packet, and it’s useless to me. I can’t match them up.)

The rubber actually meets the road, with this condition, you know. For instance, those little lights on parking meters that flash either red or green are a mystery to me. (Traffic lights have never been a problem – their relative positions are consistent, except when there’s a single amber(?) or red(?) light flashing at an intersection. Not a problem, in my thirty-eight years of professional driving experience, because the red ones are joined by a stop sign. I came across another color-coded situation yesterday, in Pasadena, having to do with a parking lot. I just cussed it out, like a member of a victim class is supposed to do, and made a reasoned guess. I got away with it.

Again, I apologize. You all know way too much about me than you signed up for.

-- Mark

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#12 posted 05-19-2019 07:44 PM

yeah the jacarandas are really getting into full bloom right now,as far as a different kind of purple,well I don’t know what a different kind is but their a beautiful shade.just glad I don’t have any in my yard though very messy.

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

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