Christmas Turnings

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Project by SFLTim posted 12-23-2013 11:33 PM 1107 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I got the lathe out and dusted it off for the first time in a couple of years a few days ago. Turned four bottle stoppers and six pens in just a few days. Pen and bottle stopper turning was new for me, so I learned a lot of lessons fast, especially when it came to the finish. I used CA glue for the finish and made improvements from the first to the last piece. I wish I could go back and fix the first few stoppers and the pecan pens, because the finish on the last four pens was much better, a very smooth satin finish. Oh well, live and learn!

I was able to incorporate blanks re-sawn from several logs I had cut down like some nice spalted pecan and orange jasmine. The second picture is my favorite pen so far. It’s snakewood, and what a beautiful pen it made. That is the hardest wood I’ve ever tried to work. Just about smoked my drill bit when drilling out the center. Very dense wood, but really cool grain pattern.

Thanks for looking, and Merry Christmas!

( P.S. – Thanks to the guys in the turning forum who gave me good advice on getting started in pen turning!)

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#1 posted 12-27-2013 07:18 PM

Beautiful turnings! Like the variety of pretty woods and awesome finish. The snakewood pen is a keeper. Great job!

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