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Project by Mark Wilson posted 07-04-2019 01:28 AM 519 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Purpleheart, it is. Slimline , it is.

I set out to make two pens, today. I got two pairs of barrel blanks ready. I have the second mounted up, now. I’ll begin turning it after dinner. The next one you’ll see will be another of mixed woods.

Why?

Because, on the final pass of the barrel trimmer, this happened.

The blanks at the top of the photo are this #35.

So many things I could’ve got done today. But, no. My hands felt like doing something. I made a pen, and started another one.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

-- Mark





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leafherder

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#1 posted 07-04-2019 02:14 AM

No need to apologize for making such a strikingly vivid pen – like a prop they would use in those old technicolor movies just to show off the color. Great job, I hope it sells fast for you.

Hope your 4th is a happy one.

-- Leafherder

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#2 posted 07-04-2019 02:32 AM

Purdy!

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

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#3 posted 07-04-2019 03:27 AM

Happy Independence Day, for that is the name of the holiday. We don’t say, “Merry 25th,” do we? Or, “Happy 17th. Are you wearing the green?”

Yeah, John. I think this is one of my best finishes, yet. It’s very clean, smooth, and shiny.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 07-04-2019 11:50 AM

Nice pen, Mark. Turning a pen is always good to get you on the lathe for a while.
Happy Independence day to you, too!! May we always be Free to do woodworking!

cheers, Jim

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

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#5 posted 07-04-2019 02:42 PM

Hi Mark,

Yes Independence Day is the name of the holiday, and one of the things we celebrate is our right to Freedom of Speech which means I can say “Happy 4th” if I want to. And you are being presumptuous to assume that I referenced the Holiday – I could as easily have wished you a Happy Thursday. Besides this holiday like so many others seems to be creeping – one local suburb had their Independence Day Celebration on June 29, one had theirs on July 3, others are having theirs on July 5 or July 6 to take advantage of the weekend. Also, like other holidays, are we sure this is the correct date that should be celebrated? The Declaration of Independence was actually concluded earlier and it took a couple of days to get a clean copy written for everyone to sign, and all the signatures were not affixed on July 4, some people did not sign until several weeks later, and of course it took months for it to reach King George III and years of war before our independence was formally recognized.

So Happy Independence Day, and I hope your Thursday the 4th is a pleasant day just like I hope your 5th and 6th and 7th etc. are pleasant days. And Remember: don’t poke the bear when the bear is a History Major. :-)

-- Leafherder

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#6 posted 07-04-2019 03:08 PM



Purdy!

- lew


YES VERY PURDY GREAT JOB :<)))))

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

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#7 posted 07-04-2019 06:40 PM



Purpleheart, it is. Slimline , it is.

I set out to make two pens, today. I got two pairs of barrel blanks ready. I have the second mounted up, now. I ll begin turning it after dinner. The next one you ll see will be another of mixed woods.

Why?

Because, on the final pass of the barrel trimmer, this happened.

The blanks at the top of the photo are this #35.

So many things I could ve got done today. But, no. My hands felt like doing something. I made a pen, and started another one.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

- Mark Wilson


nice work as usual buddy,love the color and the finish is spot on.what did you use this time?.also I see you had a fight with the barrel trimmer,cant tell you how many ive ruined over the years,so I just invested in a carbide set from woodpeckers,(ultra-shear pen mill-ci 13pc set) I haven’t had a chance to use it yet but ill let you know the results when I do.the trimmer is designed to be used in a drill press only.not cheap though,but im hoping the money and time saved destroying blanks will pay for it.
happy 4th buddy.

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

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#8 posted 07-04-2019 06:50 PM

Larry, I have two set of reamer/barrel trimmers. The one that came with the original kit that I started with, and another that I bought later. The later one (got it at your recommendation, I believe – eight-blades, instead of four) tends to leave a little ridge of the tube that I have to file down. The older one – four-blade – leaves a clean surface. That’s the one that broke this barrel, though. Not the trimmer’s fault. I was that angle-cut Canary. It’s quite fragile, and, it was my last blank of it. I don’t think I’ll use any more of it. I finished #36 last night. I’ll go photo it and post it now.

The finish is CA – three coats. I’m finishing all of them, now, the same way. It is, apparently, getting better. I sometimes put the CA over a treatment of YG. I didn’t do so on this because I didn’t want to darken the Purpleheart. It’ll darken enough on its own. Purpleheart is, evidently, like Padauk, in that regard.

-- Mark

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#9 posted 07-04-2019 07:32 PM

im hoping by using the new one in a drill press ill have more control than with a hand held drill which with uneven pressure tends to bite in and shread the blank.hey after 12-15 years making pens im still learning.

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

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#10 posted 07-04-2019 11:22 PM

Mark,

You really do have your mojo back. Good to see. And there is always a demand for a functional art object! Wishing you and the other LJ’s the best on this 4th of July!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 07-05-2019 12:41 AM

Wow, very impressive buddy.

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

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Mark Wilson

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#12 posted 07-05-2019 08:56 AM



im hoping by using the new one in a drill press ill have more control than with a hand held drill which with uneven pressure tends to bite in and shread the blank.hey after 12-15 years making pens im still learning.

- pottz

Larry, I drill and ream them on the lathe. When I started making pens, I went to that circus act of a drill press. It tool all the fun out of it. Tailstock, pin jaws, works fine. I sometimes get a hole that’s off-center, but, the end is milled square and, once it’s turned, all memory of an off-center hole is gone. Poof!

Thomas, thanks. That means the world to me.

John, I’m still trying to decide what you should have in your new house.

Same to you, Tony. And, that photo in Interesting Trees – the hollowed-out logs cum tables – wrinkled my brain about some of my logs.

-- Mark

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