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Old 06-18-2017, 01:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Smoke Tree burl on Shakespeare Fountain Pen

This was a scrappy, twisted two-tone end cap that looked like it would sooner break than turn.

With a lot more patience than I would like to admit, I was able to drill and turn to get some of the sapwood top and bottom and the Smoke tree has some great burl and quilting. I filled the checks with Blue Lapis. Really pleased with this one.

I had to keep dowsing it in CA as I turned to keep it from breaking apart.

Finish is CA.
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Well worth the effort in my opinion. Love the mix of wood and stone 👍👍

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Definitely worth the extra care, turned out looking real nice.
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Beautiful result. I actually prefer blanks with some cracks and inclusions. This turned out well IMO.
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You fought the log and the log lost! Beautiful!

I charge $50 extra for wood like that, because it is so difficult and so pretty. I used to only bump $35, but no one ever complained. So I added $15 and still get no complaints. Add the story of the process and extra care you had to take, it makes the pen all the more valuable.
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That's beautiful.
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Pen loks great! Outstanding work payed off on that one!
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You fought the log and the log lost! Beautiful!



I charge $50 extra for wood like that, because it is so difficult and so pretty. I used to only bump $35, but no one ever complained. So I added $15 and still get no complaints. Add the story of the process and extra care you had to take, it makes the pen all the more valuable.


I completely agree! I'm not someone who sells my pens cheap. This one is up for $237 and I just sold the Norfolk pine Shakespeare pen for $277.


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Yup, definitely worth the extra work! And almost always is! Very well done. And in one of my favorite woods too.
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Beautiful grain and including the contrasting sapwood was well worth the effort. The blue lapis was an interesting choice and the more I look at the photos the more I like it. Nicely done!
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