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Pen #41 - OR - "Circus Act II"

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 08-16-2019 04:55 AM 704 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This one is Sycamore, Maple, and Walnut. If one compares carefully with the previous “Circus Act,” one may notice that the elements in this one are much more symmetrical. I paid closer attention to the way I assembled the barrels, as well as the thickness of the veneer pieces. It’s a Cuban model, and, I added the weird shape to it because I wanted to see what effect different high and low points would have on the linear elements. As it happens, the difference is profound. There is, alas, only so much that can done by way of monkeying with the shape of a pen. Just like the last one, this pen contains 84 pieces of wood.

Now, much to my chagrin, I don’t see myownbadself making segmented pens as a regular habit. While the outcome is very satisfying, the number that is done on my aching back by the hours of leaning over the table saw is a force to be reckoned with. I’m happy to announce, however, that I did come up with a way to incorporate some sitting-down time, in the process of cutting, gluing, sanding; cutting gluing, sanding; cutting, gluing, sanding, etc.

I caught a really attractive view of last night’s full moon, at sunset, through some palm trees in Hollywood. You’ll have to close your eyes and imagine it, for, alack and alas, try as I may, I cannot get either of my cameras to focus on the moon. This, I deeply regret, for, as I often say, when the moon is putting on such a grand show for free, I sure hate to think it’s being done for me alone.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

-- Mark





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Andre

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#1 posted 08-16-2019 05:44 AM

Neat looking pen, is it comfortable to hold? After doing a few segmented bowls (only 48 pieces) I know the feeling of standing over the T.S. for too long. The idea of some veneers between the segments does give my some ideas ?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Ivan

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#2 posted 08-16-2019 05:53 AM

Beautiful,... this one is realy cool!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#3 posted 08-16-2019 06:04 AM

Mark, Awesome pen for sure. No doubt another Top 3.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 08-16-2019 06:14 AM

beautiful pen,Mark

-- bambi

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leafherder

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#5 posted 08-16-2019 09:52 AM

Beautiful, you have mastered the elements of cutting and shaping, and thus expanded your repertoire to infinity.

One thing about the physical exertions of a new activity – they can get easier if you pace yourself.

The past three days I have glimpsed some stunning moonrises from my window, but in the few seconds it took to grab my camera and exit the front door for a better view clouds obscured the scene. Perhaps it was meant for me alone.

Thanks for sharing and keep up the great work.

-- Leafherder

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woodshaver Tony C

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#6 posted 08-16-2019 12:17 PM

Wow! Well done! A Mark of Excellence! You’re becoming the Sam Maloof of pen making!

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

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doubleDD

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#7 posted 08-16-2019 12:29 PM

Absolutely the best looking pen I’ve ever seen. Well done Mark.

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

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lew

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#8 posted 08-16-2019 01:24 PM

Gorgeous, Mark! Love the colors!

There used to be an LJ member who specialized in segmented turnings. His stuff is still posted at-
https://www.lumberjocks.com/darryl

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

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pottz

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#9 posted 08-16-2019 02:11 PM

wow that is just crazy,you have a lot more patience with all that tiny glue up than i do.an incredible pen.how much are you gonna price it for? unfortunately it’s kinda like building a custom car you never get back what you got in it. the value is the pleasure it gives you.

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

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PaulDoug

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#10 posted 08-16-2019 02:53 PM

Beautiful pen!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 08-16-2019 10:54 PM

Beautiful pen, mark!!

Jim

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

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Grumpy

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#12 posted 08-17-2019 01:53 AM

Mark, great design. I like that one so much I might try it.

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

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