Spalted Oak Pens

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Project by msurvilo posted 04-11-2014 08:25 AM 1758 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first successful batch of pens I’ve made…
The three that are spalted oak came from a tree downed in the neighborhood about 2 years ago(firewood as usual), and the other two are cocolobo and rosewood (I think).

Haven’t been able to afford a real set of lathe tools, so I’ve been working with a cheap set of miniature “carving” tools. It’s worked pretty well so far!

PS. Yes one of the pens has a stylus tip.

All are finished with CA glue via a plastic bag, and polished with micromesh up to 12000 grit

-- Matt, California.

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#1 posted 04-11-2014 11:49 AM

Very nice pens! That spalted oak is lovely. If the rosewood smelled sweet when cutting, then it’s most likely rosewood; I turned a rosewood pen recently, it had a pleseant smell. Although I’ve read that some rosewood can smell sickly sweet even.

-- -- Measure twice, cut once; why, did the wood grow?

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#2 posted 04-11-2014 04:44 PM

One of them smelled like rotten vinegar…. didn’t like that …. I have a feeling it was the rosewood.

-- Matt, California.

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#3 posted 04-11-2014 06:27 PM

Very nice work!!! The finish work looks really good.

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

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