A Pen for George - International Association of Penturners
     International Association of Penturners
Pens for Service Members
Support The IAP

Go Back   International Association of Penturners > Community Forums > Show Off Your Pens!
  Forgot Password
Register FAQ Members List Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Show Off Your Pens! Let's see your best work!

Logged on members can hide ads!

Welcome to penturners.org!

You've found the home of The International Association of Penturners. You are currently viewing our site as a guest, which gives you limited access to view discussions, photos, and library articles.

Consider joining our community today. You'll have full access to all of our content, be able to enter our contests, find local chapters near you, and post your questions and share your experience with our members all over the world.

Membership is completely free!!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-05-2017, 08:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
magpens's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Coquitlam, BC, Canada
Photos: 67

Default A Pen for George

About a month ago, Robutacion posted an offer which I had to accept.

I would like to make you an offer...!

He offered a few free pen blanks to each of 10 members, including one for each member that he wanted made into a pen within 30 days. . This is day 29, I think, so here is my pen.

This blank is one of the category of Resifill blanks (I believe) that George makes and sells. . This style is half resin and half crushed fiber from a tropical tree. . By the luck of the draw, I got a blank with whitish swirled resin ... very nice indeed.

The blank started off about 3.83" long and close to 7/8" square cross-section. . The blank ends were pretty square, but I trued them up and added a slice of aluminum (or aluminium, as George would have it) to each end. . The aluminum is 0.063" thick making the overall blank up to about 4.00" long, which is what I needed for the kit I chose to use.

The kit is a Berea Long Boy click pen in gunmetal.

Turning the blank was straightforward on my metal-working lathe using a 11 mm round carbide cutting tool, except for one piece of Al coming off a couple of times due, probably, to heat loosening the glue (epoxy, then CA).

To keep it simple and elegant, I decided to make a straight-sided single barrel pen. . Both supplied brass tubes were used with the accompanying coupler. . The coupler merely joins the two tubes and, on the exterior is designed to look like a center band. . However, I turned the center portion of the coupler down to the same diameter as the brass tubes so that there is no center band. . I could just have used a 4" long piece of 10 mm tube.

So, here we are, the finished pen, with just 2 layers of thin CA mainly to bring up the color of the fibrous material. . I sanded the whole blank from 240 to 2000 grit to remove the irregularities of the CA surface, and then polished in my usual way (Mequiar's brownish coarse cut polish, Novus 3, Novus 2, and, finally, Meguiar's greenish Plastix polish).

I did not paint the inside of the barrel, even though the material ends up only about 0.050" thick, because I did not want a stark white barrel. . Leaving it unpainted allows the brass to show through and gives the blank a golden hue, complementing the dark brown of the CA'ed fibrous portion.

I hope you like it, George ! . C and C welcome from all. . And, George, tell me if you want me to send the photos by email to you, to use as you wish. . I have reduced the pixel count in these photos. I can send you these reduced ones which are about 200 Kp, or I could send you the originals (5 Mp each). . George, thank you very much for this opportunity ! . I like what I see !

The first pic is the finished blank before adding the kit hardware.


Kids rule the world !!! .... eventually if not already !

magpens is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 12-05-2017, 08:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
robutacion's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Australia - SA Adelaide Hills
Posts: 5,753
Photos: 4


Well Mal, you have certainly made it justice, stunning pen, finish and fit, the aluminium looks good on it too.

Thank you also for giving us a little of the working process involved with this blank, and most importantly is the realisation that you actually like the blank and that is the result I was counting on, I have still a big bunch of them cut from the e-cig blanks/blocks that don't sell due to the industry "destruction", I have also a fair number of these blocks yet to be cut, I want the clean them up not only to recover at least the resin cost of making them but also, to start preparing more of this Coconut crushed Husky to make full/normal size pen blanks, that is my goal...!

I like what you did, congrats...!

Thank you for participating in this "offer" more will follow very soon...!

"Don't give others what you don't like for yourself"

Email: nyodine@yahoo.com.au

Web-Store: https://www.georges-bits-of-timber.com/
Likes: (2)
robutacion is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 12-05-2017, 08:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
mark james's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: Medina, Ohio
Posts: 6,762
Photos: 457


Mal, this is a brilliant pen! I love the overall profile and the display of the colors between you and George. The finished pen is awesome.

Your description of the process is especially helpful. I will steal your process!!! (I have a few more Xmas gifts to ponder.)

I do love collaborations! This was a great post for me.
Check out the
IAP Collection

The IAP Collection is a permanent collection of pens
that has been established from the
IAP Membership explicitly for the purpose of
public display, preservation and inspiration.
Likes: (1)
mark james is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 12-05-2017, 09:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
Join Date: May 2017
Location: Northwest IN
Posts: 559
Photos: 0


Great pen. I like the tone the brass added, helped the swirl I think.
Likes: (2)
greenacres2 is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 12-05-2017, 09:26 PM   #5 (permalink)
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Zionsville, IN
Posts: 482
Photos: 0


Nice work! It comes together nicely. I like the contrasts. Iíve got a couple of those kits. Iíll have to give it a go.
For the AL bands Iíve had the best luck with JB Weld epoxy. It has the highest temp rating that Iíve found.
Likes: (2)
PatrickR is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 12-07-2017, 05:01 AM   #6 (permalink)
Beautys_Beast's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Wisconsin/
Posts: 161
Photos: 0


Beautiful pen Mags. Well done.
"True happiness only comes through gratitude, the alternative is angry self entitlement"
Likes: (1)
Beautys_Beast is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Old 12-07-2017, 05:47 AM   #7 (permalink)
stuckinohio's Avatar
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Columbus Ohio
Posts: 1,506
Photos: 3


Good job Mal and George! Very nice.
Likes: (1)
stuckinohio is offline   Reply With Quote Top
Related Content
Logged on members can hide ads


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:46 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0

Content Copyright © 2003-2018 by Penturners.org, LLC; All Rights Reserved
Terms Of Service   Acceptable Use Policy