Happy Valentine's Day

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Project by TerryDowning posted 02-14-2014 04:20 PM 1112 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Love of my Life (LOML) wakes up early, So I prepared this for her last night.

The pen is a “Long Clicker” wrapped in the root of a rose bush root that I processed some time ago. Voids and cracks were filled with Polyester resin tinted blue, the finish is a CA finish.

The heart Is made from Cherry, the arrow from Basswood, I found the plans here on LJ but can’t remember the name of the LJ or the name of the project.

The heart still needs some finish work.

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

-- - Terry

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#1 posted 02-14-2014 04:48 PM

Nicely done TD.

-- ~Tony

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#2 posted 02-14-2014 05:01 PM

All very nice love the look of the pen.
Never thought of using those roses out back for something like that. Hate them would love to make them go away and now I have a plan. Ha Ha
Thank you!!!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#3 posted 02-14-2014 05:17 PM

Fair Warning on using rose bush root.

!. You have to deal with trimming back the rose bush and a lot of thorns!!

2. This particular rose bush was very old, and very large and about to die. The root was approximately 6” diameter and more than 12” in length. There was actually a lot more to it but that is what I could attempt to process anyways.

3. Being a root be prepared to deal with the following:

a. Soil and Rock embedded in the root ball.

b. Voids galore, a rose bush root is not like others. It was not a sold trunk like mass but lots of root tendrils compressed and grown together.

c. It was very very wet.

I only got 4 pen blanks out of that root mass (Not worth the effort and I won’t be doing it again.)

-- - Terry

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#4 posted 02-14-2014 06:42 PM

Very nice. Well the rose root might not have seemed worth it but at least you have a great story to tell about the toil you went through to make her present. And it turned out very nice.

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#5 posted 02-14-2014 06:48 PM

I bet you scored some points!

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#6 posted 02-15-2014 05:50 AM


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#7 posted 02-19-2014 04:58 PM

Sweet and special gifts indeed! The rose root is worth all the effort, it has nice grains and looks great with the blue resin. Great job!

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