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Old 06-21-2018, 01:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Collaboration w/Mark James

Almost a year ago I contacted Mark James about a segmened inlay pen and finial he made that spoke to me. I wanted to commission Mark to make a pen for the president of the quilt guild I belong to. When I took the job of VP I knew it was my responsibility to come up with the presidentís gift and I was stumped until I saw his finial which looks like the Lemoyne Star quilt pattern.

Mark was so kind to stop by our house in Northern Virginia on his way to Richmond. He brought along various types of wood and samples and sat with Charlie and me to understand my vision. The wood combination I chose was the same he used - maple, padauk, and black veneer. The padauk had to be in the blank due to the barn red color which relates to the barn our guild is named after.

So here we are eight months later and I am thrilled to share pictures of the gorgeous segmented chevron pen blank and Lemoyne Star finial Mark designed and created and my sweet hubby (Mr. Charlie_W) turned to perfection to fit a Jr. Statesman II kit. I am also including the quilt that contains blocks made by guild members that I finished. To say our guild president was blown away is an understatement. She hugged me with tears in her eyes and thanked me over and over for the pen.

Who would have thought reading through posts on IAP would have led to a 3-person collaboration including a quilt inspired by a very special pen? Thank you Mark James. You knocked it out of the park!

Please note it did not take Mark eight months to make the blank and finial. I had to wait until the gift was presented at our end of year party before posting any pictures.
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Old 06-21-2018, 01:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Mark is an amazingly talented craftsman and artisan.
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Old 06-21-2018, 02:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Mark is a true gentleman and an amazing craftsman/artist.
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Gorgeous finish on a beautiful pen! And love the finial!
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Old 06-21-2018, 02:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yes, Markís precision detail work in these blanks and finial make this pen a showcase pen! One can really appreciate the work and resulting beauty when his pens are in your hand.
Well done Mark....thanks!
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Old 06-21-2018, 03:26 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Great job Charlie! I like your finish better than my finishes.

I had confidence with the blanks, but was worried about the finial. You nailed it. I have only made 3-4 of these finials, so it's nice to see it came out aligned.

Thank you for considering me to assist with the gift, and the quilt is superb.
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Old 06-21-2018, 03:36 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Is that ever beautiful !!!!! . Congratulations to everybody involved !!!!!
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Fantastic work across the board!
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Old 06-21-2018, 04:07 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Fabulous work from all concerned. What a unique gift!
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Old 06-21-2018, 06:38 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Congrats, all. When good folks get together on a good project, only good things can happen. Add amazing talent to it, and...well...look at the photos. Amazing work, guys.
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