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Old 04-16-2017, 12:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Guessing:Banksia Hairy Pod?

This is from the prize package I received at the MPG. George will hopefully chime in here and confirm or correct my guess. A really neat blank, cast in a resin of some sort. I painted the inside of the blanks with some dark red I had in the cabinet. Kit is another Apprentice Jr. Gent Chrome. A better pen turner would have had fewer flaws. Thanks for looking!
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Old 04-16-2017, 12:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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You're on a roll now Chuck !! That is pretty snazzy !!
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You're on a roll now Chuck !! That is pretty snazzy !!
Thank ya Steven! Got one of Marks Chevron blanks in line. Had to take a break.
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I may not be the George you're looking for but if had to risk some very sensitive parts I would bet on hairy pod banksia:..but I'm not ashamed to admit I've been wrong before
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I may not be the George you're looking for but if had to risk some very sensitive parts I would bet on hairy pod banksia:..but I'm not ashamed to admit I've been wrong before
Yes, wrong George but thanks anyway. I think we're right. Looking for George Valentine (Robutacion) Bits-of-Timber
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Awesome pen.
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Beautiful finished pen Chuck, and I see no flaws!

I believe your thought on the blank is correct, and if so, a fussy, delicate one to turn well. And then, you did a wonderful job! The finish looks excellent (I still am CA challenged).
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Below is a photo of a pen and letter opener I turned from two of George's hairy banksia seed pod blanks. It looks like the tubes and/or the inside of your blanks was painted a reddish color. Nice job!



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I may not be the George you're looking for but if had to risk some very sensitive parts I would bet on hairy pod banksia:..but I'm not ashamed to admit I've been wrong before
Yes, wrong George but thanks anyway. I think we're right. Looking for George Valentine (Robutacion) Bits-of-Timber
Yes, Yes, I'm here...!

You are absolutely right, that is one of my Hairy Banksia pod Resifills cast in clear Epoxy resin, yes, I had one of them in my mixed blanks bags as door prizes at the MPG.

These are well known for being "fiddly" to work with, is just the nature of the blank however, the results are nothing short of stunning...!

They are also well known for requiring the tube painted, there are areas of the blanks that, as they get cut down to correct sizes, there is very little left of the pod and in certain areas of the pod's hairs, they are not enough to cover the tube reason why is so important to paint it.

I have seen these made with different colours painted on the tubes, that colours will change significantly the finished blank appearance and in your case, that red really fits it nicely.

The fit looks pretty good and that finish is superb, congrats...!

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Thank you George! It's a relief to know that "Fiddly" is NOT exclusive to ME. I think I filled one chip out 6 times. I nearly trashed this project, but persisted until I got it to size. Close enough!!
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