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Old 09-19-2014, 05:37 AM   #21 (permalink)
 
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Kelly that is amazing, very well done, congrats mate
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Old 09-19-2014, 06:39 AM   #22 (permalink)
 
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See you DID know when it had just the right amount of things going on in it. The added segments really do make a difference. I think it is going to raise a lot of money for your cause. The choices you made of the woods make a gorgeous combination. Gorgeous work!
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I like it alot. The story adds to it with having a plan and what you wanted at the end all set up. I think you did a great job showing the parts that needed to be shown and created a talking piece that should raise good money for your cause. Often times we just throw a blank on a pen kit and if we had a story it may help us try something new and create what our imaginations show us.
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Thanks for all the comments and encouragement!

The last thing I may do is create a small stand for it. My idea is to build a simple holding fixture out of the shittim that would have two trapezoid-shaped ends and a cross member. Then I would use a couple brass rods that would sit in small indentations separated just enough to set the pen on without falling through. The rods would represent the carrying rods called out in the Exodus passage.

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Old 09-19-2014, 11:41 AM   #25 (permalink)
 
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That's amazing looking! Very well done on the planning and execution! The Shittim Acacia I bought looks nothing like that! It is very bland, white and straight grained. However, the logs of Huisache (Sweet Acacia) that I snagged from the neighbor's curb look like that.

Clark, when I bought the Shittim, I requested the dark heart wood.

The blank looked pretty character-less when I got it and I thought it would be pretty bland on the pen, but since it was from the Sinai, it had a different beauty. I was totally surprised when I put the finish on! It resembled other acacia, like Koa.

Maybe I'll bid on the pen myself!
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Hopefully this won't be me when I try to use the pen ....

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Old 09-19-2014, 01:16 PM   #27 (permalink)
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That is an amazing and wonderful project. I will anxiously wait to see progress and results from this. I know it is going to be just amazing when done. This is fantastic.
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That is an amazing and wonderful project. I will anxiously wait to see progress and results from this. I know it is going to be just amazing when done. This is fantastic.

Thanks Michael. One reason I posted early during my planning stage is for others to consider the process of creating something unique instead of what others are doing. The creative process is usually an iterative one where many ideas are considered and weghed against the final goal. Considertions like "Is this too much?" start to play into the final product since we all know we can keep putting stuff in just because we can. I like the feedback from the guys that said they thought I had done enough. That is good stuff and what is needed and encouraged on this forum. That's why people keep coming back.

Keep pushing the envelope Michael and you'll continue to progress. I did. I turned my first pen in February so I am still a relative newbie!
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Beautiful pen and you should be proud of it. I am thinking that if you had but a piece of the darker wood through the wings it would have made them look more like wings and enhanced the overall effect you were shooting for.
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Excellant work, congrats on a job well done.
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