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Old 05-15-2011, 11:18 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Super nice piece of wood..Great job on the pen!!!
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Old 05-16-2011, 06:11 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Nice piece of wood, Fantastic job on the Pen
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Old 05-16-2011, 06:36 AM   #23 (permalink)
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WOW, what a stunning pen. Glad you kept the wood around!
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Old 05-16-2011, 08:17 AM   #24 (permalink)
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Stunningly beautiful pen. I too have never seen that pattern with any olivewood before.
Really nice of you to show it with the actual lumber and a representative blank. Awesome job! Doc
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Old 05-16-2011, 09:08 AM   #25 (permalink)
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Great Looking Pen and Photos, you really captured the details.
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Old 05-16-2011, 09:36 AM   #26 (permalink)
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Awesomely beautiful!
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Old 05-16-2011, 01:23 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Thanks a lot for your positive response and all the nice comments.

I agree with robutacion, olive wood can be really stunning and it's a bit strange we see so few pens with this timber. The thing is most blanks being offered by the suppliers are of rather low grade with very little figure, and i will refrain from expressing my thoughts regarding the so called BOW that is way overrated IMO - half the price is the story... Even here where we have a lot of olive trees - France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Tunisia to name a few sources, the blanks we get are very plain.

I have yet to start offering blanks for sale on the forum, but this is something i'm seriously considering, at least to pay for the great blanks i buy from others here, and I'll make sure to include some similar crosscut olive.
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Old 05-17-2011, 12:15 AM   #28 (permalink)
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Everyone is saying stunning! i totally agree, great find and work.

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Old 05-22-2011, 06:09 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Here is a Zen rollerball dressed with the other blank we see in the first picture of this thread:

This is my first such kit and i like it a lot.

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Old 05-22-2011, 06:39 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Love your Olive pens and I do like those two kits you used. I find Olive grown out in Australia from younger trees quite light in colour, just as wild too but the darned tree takes for ever to season dry and following the grain involves cutting across the grain that I try to do always for preference. I have some distictive Aussie cross cut blanks to exchange with some of yours if you would like send me a pm.

Olive is also harder than most difficult to prepare but undoubtably one of the most satisfying timbers for pens.

Thankyou for your before and after pics as well I enjoyed the journey.

Kind regards Peter.
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