Pen Making 201

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Project by PanamaJack posted 10-24-2011 12:15 AM 2602 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been away for nearly two years from posting a project. To all my friends here; I am so sorry, I did not die, though I may smell like it at times do to the excessive heat we have had in Southern Indiana this past summer and not having air conditioning in the shop. I have torn apart that shop, gotten re-organized and refurbished it for pen making. Besides making over 1000 pens since my last entry I have been very busy teaching myself to make better pens. I have tried different finishes, built up my tool selection and also pen kit and pen parts stock levels. I have been in many shows and Farmer’s Markets (with arts and crafts) since my last input and have greatly refined my strategies for all types of shows. I had an extraordinary full page plus article, including many pictures, placed in a Sunday Paper this year about my pen making and now I am in two different art shops. One being the Columbus Indiana Visitors center. What that Sunday article did for my pen biz is unreal! I could not have place an ad anywhere that would have done better! Also along the pen turning path I have tried to teach three other wood lovers the art of making pens. (Two were young Boy Scouts seeking their woodworking badges) Time has indeed flown.
Pen Pic. #1 is a set of circuit board pens that I make. The two smallest ones are actually a 2GB Flash Drives.
Pen Pic.#2 is a Bracelet Helper made with Pick Ivory.
Pen Pic. #3 is a CIgar pen made from Spalted, Stableixed, and Crosscut Hackberry.
Pen Pic. #4 is a pen made from a Jim Bean Barrel that I cur into many pieces. (425 pieces!) Smells good when you turn it!
Pen Pic. #5 is of a NOT of a tree, but rather a ROOT of a tree. Maple Root to be exact. It is also Stabelized.
Pen Pic #6 is a Big Cigar Circuit Pen I make and one and one mentioned well in the above mentioned article.
The wood and most of the acrylic pens I make, including the circuit pens I make, are covered with mulitple coats of CA or Super Glue. Unually 10 or more layers on wood. Then I sand to 15M or 15,000 grit Micro-Mesh sandpaper for a very durable and scratch resistant finish. Plus the shine really helps to sell them!

I would enjoy and any and all comments, be they pros or cons, about the pens shown above and will promise to show more pens and even a few other things, like jewelry boxes,that I have nade this year very soon!
Again to all, I am sorry for this delay,
Randy a.k.a. PanamaJack (my free website)

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#1 posted 10-24-2011 02:25 AM

Randy: You have a busy and bad boy. You were supposed to keep us all informed about what you were up to.

But, it’s nice to have you back from the dead!!

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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Dan'um Style

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#2 posted 10-24-2011 02:31 AM

well done Bud! exceptional

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 10-24-2011 01:14 PM

Glad to hear you are alive and kicking…great looking pens, outstanding results. Best of luck in the upcoming Christmas season.

-- Rick, Union,KY

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 10-24-2011 02:42 PM

Hi Panama;

Real glad to hear you’re doing well with your pen turning.

They look great.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 11-01-2011 01:45 AM

Love your work, i am still a novice at this , but I strive to improve each pen I turn. Working with some Spalted Maple now.

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