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Old 01-25-2014, 12:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Please tell me, what is the best way to cut up a bowling ball for use in pen making?

I have several bowling balls made from ebonite and others made of something other than ebonite (ploy resin maybe?)

How should I cut up these old bowling balls?

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Here is the article from the Library...
http://content.penturners.org/librar...wlingballs.pdf
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From what I've read, the best way to cut up a bowling ball is to get someone else to do it and then buy the blanks;) The material makes pretty pens, but the cement core in most bowling balls make them a real pain to cut into blanks.

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It was very commonly done in the early years of penturning when we were trying to get original materials. Now you can just buy the blanks. The library reference is a good one.
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Please tell me, what is the best way to cut up a bowling ball for use in pen making?

I have several bowling balls made from ebonite and others made of something other than ebonite (ploy resin maybe?)

How should I cut up these old bowling balls?

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Didn't you ask this same question a couple of years ago?
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thank you. that make the process easier. I have my brother-in-law's bowling ball. He pass a couple of years ago and we consider this.
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Excellent memory. It was actually asked by Drat on 10/01/2011. I'll bet the answers have not changed.
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Please tell me, what is the best way to cut up a bowling ball for use in pen making?

I have several bowling balls made from ebonite and others made of something other than ebonite (ploy resin maybe?)

How should I cut up these old bowling balls?

DRAT
Didn't you ask this same question a couple of years ago?
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The techniques we use and the experience we gain over time typically improves our processes. Like most, I am always interested in learning about what seems to be working today.
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I do mine on a small (7x12) horizontal metal cutting saw. At least I can cut the ball in half and then have a good flat spot to cut up the rest.
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In this thread of a while back, I posted a pic of some pens with blanks made from bowling balls. I don't recall anyone else having the same issues.
The custom pen in the first pic had nice vibrant blue colours with swirls etc, but some time later the colour faded. This must have been from the light as the section above the nib remained vivid. The pen was in a glass display cabinet with the cap on, hence the nib end staying darker.
I can only assume that as bowling balls are made to be used indoors, that they don't bother to include any UV inhibitor in the resin. The other two pens are also made with BB blanks. But 90% of all the pens I make get made, pic taken then dropped in a drawer, so I don't know if the others would have faded.

One day I'll pick the pale blue rubbish out and use some nice red stuff
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