Standing Pen

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Project by BarbS posted 11-01-2012 05:44 AM 1793 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know there is a plethora of pens posted here, but this one is sufficiently different that I hope it will be appreciated. it’s a kit from Craft Supply USA called ‘Penache.’ The gold plated base is 3/4” in diameter to stand it upright. I turned it from an exotic gifted to me; it is Wamara, also known as Guyana Rosewood, and is so dense it played havoc with all my tools. The drill press yielded smoke from every 1/4” drilling. My gouge had to be resharpened after each pass across the blanks, or they would simply bounce off the wood. It took a Long time to turn down to size from a 1” sq. blank. I turned walnut after this one, and zip-zip, I was done! I doubt I’ll be using Wamara in another pen. It polished up nicely, as dense woods do, but what a trial it was. Good thing I’m a determined sort!


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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 11-01-2012 05:54 AM

We appreciate them all. That being said this 1 is a specially nice

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

#2 posted 11-01-2012 06:00 AM

Very Cool Barb

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#3 posted 11-01-2012 06:05 AM

Love the design Barb. Understand about the patience required working with dense wood. I hollowed out some very old and petrified osage orange that laughed at my hollowing tool. Only time, so far, I had a log laugh at me and it was pretty scary :)

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#4 posted 11-01-2012 06:13 AM

Your patience has come thru Barb with this tricky piece of timber, it just looks so feminine & it it’s easy to to see a ladies touch in the making, looks kinda “slinky” (hope you dont take offence with that description, but it’s just …. very nice shape)
:: ))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 11-01-2012 08:01 AM


-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 11-01-2012 10:58 AM

I really like the design of the pen and you did a great job. thanks for the advice about the wood. Going to stay away from it.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina ([email protected])

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#7 posted 11-01-2012 11:42 AM

Neat-o!! real nice job and a very different pen.
I like this one a lot. I like the look of the wood, never heard of it before thanks for the info on it.
Thanks for sharing.

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

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#8 posted 11-01-2012 12:59 PM

LIKE. Maybe if I stand it by the phone I may a pen to use when I need it. Well done.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#9 posted 11-01-2012 02:18 PM

That is pretty amazing. I’d never thought of that idea. Sylish and flawless.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#10 posted 11-01-2012 04:45 PM

This a very nicely done piece, and unique. I especially like you write up on the project.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#11 posted 11-01-2012 06:47 PM

Wow! That’s pretty close to a 50cal. lol Very nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#12 posted 11-02-2012 02:39 AM

Thanks, all. It does like a bullet pen, doesn’t it? And Pete, thank you, I take your words as compliments, but I find it a bit ‘bulky’ looking (female wanting it more refined, I guess.) I have one more of these kits to do from a different wood later (definitely a different wood) and intend to sweep it in to the center in more of a cove if possible. I find it hard to tell what I’ve done when something is laying horizontally on the lathe! I put things up vertical and they look different than I though they would, or different than in my ‘mind’s eye.’
But thank you. I’m glad you all were so impressed!


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