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Old 06-03-2018, 07:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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My first Sienna, first pen from found wood, and first burl.

As my wife was driving us home from church, I saw a pile of wood on the side of road, shouted out (giving my wife a heart attack), and made her pull over. I tossed a log in the back and noticed that I had fortuitously gotten a burl, which I sawed up into pen blanks.

Any guesses as to the species?

(I've been absent from the forum for awhile because I've been turning bowls and a chess set instead of pens.)
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Rob - nice pen. A real keeper. I'm guessing maple?
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If you hadn't gone to church, you would have missed the found wood. Got to be a sermon in there somewhere.
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If you hadn't gone to church, you would have missed the found wood. Got to be a sermon in there somewhere.
Agreed...I'll need to work that in somehow!
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Follow-up question for other burl turners: Although I really love the look of the burl grain on this one (straight CA finish), I'm wondering if I should try some other way of finishing the next one. A little BLO? Dye? What will take it to the next level?
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I like this pen, the wood looks great too. What kind of finish did you use. I lover turning bowls too by the way. Aloha.

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What kind of finish did you use.
Thanks! It's just a CA finish (6 coats of medium), polished with micromesh.

I'm wondering if some sort of oil or dye might bring the grain out even more dramatically. Will probably experiment more on the next one!
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Great find....and pen!

Did you dry the wood before making the pen? Since it was Fog wood( found on ground), it probably has a high moisture content.
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Glorious pen Rob,
Magnificent FOG wood Blank,
Beautifully Turned Fitted and Finished.
Your story about how you got the Burl, reminded me of when I was living in Pennsylvania, some 20 years ago, I was introduced by a work colleague to White Water Canoeing, and it became one of my favorite activities, so much so, that while driving around, over every bridge I crossed I was looking at the width and depth of the water, and any potential for Canoeing, it became an Involuntary Addiction.
I expect that your Scanning for Wood may become the same.
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