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Old 03-25-2019, 05:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Well here is MkII of this style, this time I used a piece of BullOak ( Allocasuarina luehmannii ).
I used some 12mm aluminium rod to make the components this time, so the finial cap and the centerband are both 12mm, I also made the lower barrel a bit slimmer.
I shortened the upper tube about 7mm, this looks a bit more in proportion with the Cigar clip. I took the shine off the chrome nib and clip to try and match the aluminium. (I notice the nib still has some shiny patches)
2 coats of CA buffed back with steel wool, and Hutts wax to top it off.

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Beautiful work Brad. The blank is very appealing, but I greatly admire the components - well done.
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Very nice work, Brad ... again !!!!

The wood ... being an Aussie wood, is it a true oak (whatever that means) ? ... doesn't seem to have the surface pores we are used to seeing on oak woods that are grown in the Northern Hemisphere.
It also has a much more interesting grain pattern.
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Thanks Guys.

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The wood ... being an Aussie wood, is it a true oak (whatever that means) ? ... doesn't seem to have the surface pores we are used to seeing on oak woods that are grown in the Northern Hemisphere.
It also has a much more interesting grain pattern.
Itís not a ď true Oak ď, the early settlers called it Oak because of the medullary rays, which give it an Oak like appearance. This one is a bit harder than what you would be used to with an Oak. I think Bull-Oak or Buloke as itís also called, has the highest Janka hardness score of all timber tested. Despite that, itís quite nice to turn with sharp tools.
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Good looking pen with super grain
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Awesome pen.
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She’s a beauty.
However, the nib is still a bit long and lean for what you seem to be aiming for.
Would love to see you make the nib and it be a little shorter and a bit broader with a rounder slope.
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Sheís a beauty.
However, the nib is still a bit long and lean for what you seem to be aiming for.
Would love to see you make the nib and it be a little shorter and a bit broader with a rounder slope.
There will be a MKIII sometime soon.

According to Wikipedia, Bull-Oak is the hardest timber.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allo...ina_luehmannii
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