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Old 04-24-2017, 06:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Talking Brand New to Pen Turning - Comments/Critiques Welcome

First ever pen - finished with docs wood turners finish (already coming off)
This pen is a blank of walnut, maple, and purple heart.

Second pen ever was my wife's first attempt at the lathe ever - purple lavabrite acrylic. Couldn't be more proud, absolutely incredible what micromesh can do

Third pen (my second) - black and white slim line. Guys at woodcraft say it's ok, but looking for feedback.

Fourth pen - actually just a blank from the second half of the first pen with first ever CA glue finish on it. Easier than I thought it would be, but admittedly needs a bit more polishing.

I appreciate this forum like crazy. I have already TOO many ideas on where to go next.

(alumilite casting here we come).

Any and all comments and tips about what we did wrong would be MUCH appreciated. We may even decide to sell some some day, but for now, just practicing.

Thanks again all. IAP for the win.
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Old 04-24-2017, 06:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks like you are off to a good start! Welcome to the addiction!
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Welcome to IAP Nick!

Nice start. Slow down and take your time! Check out the library, ask questions, get comfortable -it will be a nice ride!
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Old 04-24-2017, 09:25 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Welcome Nick. Good looking pens.
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Old 04-24-2017, 11:42 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Welcome to IAP, Nick !!!!!

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Old 04-24-2017, 11:50 PM   #6 (permalink)
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thanks everyone. appreciate the encouragement. it does apear to be an addiction.
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Old 04-25-2017, 07:35 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Welcome! There is no cure and no Penturners Anonymous to attend.
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Nice looking pens!
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Old 04-25-2017, 09:02 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Welcome! The slimline is very nice! You already have an eye to be able to line up patterns from one tube to the other. Very good in keeping the diameters consistent throughout on this pen.

The purple one has just the slightest bump in the middle. I am assuming this is on purpose as it appears to very symmetrical. Bumps and ellipses you will find are very much a personal preference.

Overall good start! Welcome!
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Old 04-25-2017, 02:12 PM   #10 (permalink)
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lhowell, thanks for the honest comments. Much appreciated.
I have been finding that it is hard to get honest feedback of potential flaws.

The bump in the middle was intentional and symmetrical.
She wanted it to be a bit smoother in its transitions, but the shape was overall exactly what she was going for.

I was nervous about the slimline, everyone we spoke too said it's the hardest one to do well.

Our molds get here tomorrow for our first attempt at casting. The trouble is deciding what to do first. Maybe a TeamBlueLine pen for my friend that runs this nonprofit (Team Blue Line- Home - Team BlueLine), but who knows.

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