Salvaged wood pen

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Project by Andy123 posted 08-25-2011 07:16 AM 1431 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A old work acquaintance knew I was a woodworker and he told me he had a large slab of burl if I wanted it. Of course I told him I did. I went to his house to pick it up and I found out the burl slab was on his burn pile. I chastised him for his faux pas. I rescued what appeared to be a 36 inch by 20 inch by 2 inch old burl sign from it’s fiery grave. The slab had a thick coat of resign over it so the wood weathered well, thank your Lue Welch whoever you are.

I let the slab sit in my garage for several months, because well…. I had other projects to do. So tonight I got an itch to see what was under that resign. I cut off chunk and saw the wood was very good on the inside. My mind went wild with possibilities with what to make with my treasure: a box, a cribbage board, a clock maybe. But the time was nearing 10pm and I didn’t want to upset the wife. So I decided on a pen. I zoned in one a small section that had a quite a lot of birds eye. I went for it.

The wood felt very solid when cutting and drilling. I started to turn the piece and saw once it was round that it had several small inclusions. So I had to stop and apply CA glue repeatedly. Then the worst happened I saw a chunk fly. “Oh crap” I thought. I turned off the lathe and saw the there was a chunk missing from the blank. I was heart broken, because I hate starting over. However to my surprise the chip out stopped just above my bushing. Yeah for me! I finished turning it and it turned out fine. Except the finish was a little flat.

P.S. Sorry for the long write up over a pen. I was kinda bored.


-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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#1 posted 08-25-2011 01:44 PM

The story is the whole point of woodworking. Remembering the horrible piece of whatever you started with, the transistion to something of beauty, and the issues you over come during the experience. The triumphs and tribulations of woodworking.
The pen sure did have some tight birdseye. Nice job and nice pen, and a very nice story.



-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#2 posted 08-25-2011 01:51 PM

Very nice! and nice save also!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#3 posted 08-26-2011 03:54 AM

Nice capture! I’ve got a hunk that was sitting on the floor of the local hardware store. Fortunately my wife and son are in bed by 9pm, so after then I’m free to exercise my plans for conquering the world…

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#4 posted 08-26-2011 01:42 PM

Louie Welch use to be mayor of Houston,Texas

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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