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Old 05-09-2018, 07:46 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Looks like I'm outnumbered, but I like my antler pens without the natural surface. Maybe it's my OCD, but even antler pens I like to be round and smooth. That said, I like it when the color of the surface shows, but that is pretty hard to control. Out of 5 pens I usually get 4 that I like the colors and 1 that is "meh". Preferences aside, that's a nice looking pen, well done!
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Old 05-09-2018, 08:50 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Pretty Pen, Jim.
Like Mark, I haven't turned any Antler, but I do like to see some natural Surface on the Antler Blanks.
Turn that special piece of Timber you have been keeping.
Enjoy it for its true beauty.
Why leave it for others to enjoy without you?

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Old 05-09-2018, 10:02 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Iíve turned several antler pens. It is so tricky to get them drilled successfully that we usually canít plan for whether or not the bark stays on. However, every antler is unique and often has color variations even within the center, so Iím almost always pleased with them even if Iíve turned the bark all the way off.
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Old 05-10-2018, 08:37 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I like to have a little bark left but I don't sweat trying to drill so I can get it. If it happens then great. I worry more about the porous marrow part in the center than anything else. Some antler is worse than others but as long as I can get a nice smooth even finish I'm happy. I even like the yellow and grey shades in some antler.
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Old 05-10-2018, 08:38 AM   #15 (permalink)
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One more vote for leaving some bark on the pen.
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Old 05-10-2018, 10:50 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I leave as much "Bark" as possible and turn B2B.

Innovation is the process that renews something that already exists and not, as is commonly assumed, the introduction of something new.
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Old 05-10-2018, 07:47 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I sell a lot of B/A pens in antler and sell most with the bark on and the more the better. But some people like the look of the inner part of the antler as some can have very good features.
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Old 05-10-2018, 10:17 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Natural surface always, never seen any bark on a antler.
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Old 05-18-2018, 05:55 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Beautiful antler pen! That will make an excellent gift or product for a sportsman. I have turned a few. I don't always leave the bark on, but I do like a combination of tones -- light and dark.
"Measure twice, cut once"

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