Birch Pen with Turquoise Inlay

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Project by JohnGreco posted 11-07-2012 08:54 PM 1313 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A customer asked me to make a pen from a tree branch he had, pretty sure it was Birch. He had the branch for about a year and it was only about an inch thick, so it was pretty dry. I picked a section that had a couple of branch shoots on it for added aesthetic and stabilized it in my vacuum chamber.

Once I started to turn the cap a small hole developed where the branch shoot had been, so I decided to fill the hole in with crushed turquoise. The dark spot on the body of the pen is where the other shoot had been. Overall I like the light and dark contrast a lot :)

Finished with lots of CA then buffed with a flannel wheel and a cotton wheel.

Thanks for looking.

-- John

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#1 posted 11-07-2012 09:33 PM

Special and spectacular.

-- "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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#2 posted 11-07-2012 09:41 PM

Classy and elegant.

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#3 posted 11-07-2012 11:01 PM

Looks very classy. Especially sitting on that hunk-a-hunk-a plexi, or whatever that is. A very nice way to display it BTW

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#4 posted 11-08-2012 12:33 AM

Thanks :)

-- John

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#5 posted 11-08-2012 01:27 AM

Id love to have that. It would match my desk perfectly. Well done!
- Jay

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#6 posted 11-08-2012 12:56 PM

Thanks Jay.

-- John

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#7 posted 11-09-2012 01:41 AM

I like that a lot. What kit did you use?


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#8 posted 11-09-2012 02:28 AM

Thanks, it’s a classic in black enamel.

-- John

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