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Old 09-13-2018, 09:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I have been asked to produce a pen from the wood in this picture - except I have no idea what type of wood it is. Any ideas?

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Old 09-13-2018, 10:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Weathered wood ? Heavy or light ? Picture of sanded end grain would help
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That's the only picture I have, but was told it is some type of driftwood.
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Kind of an uphill drift to get to Colorado from any coast ! Suspect cross grain pen would look best . Take some more photos when you have a piece cut off the board .
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Unfortunately I will not actually get a piece of it - he just wants a pen from this type of wood. I'm guessing that even if I had a piece of driftwood once I turned it down it wouldn't look like that. I may have to resort to treating it after turning down to size.
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Old 09-14-2018, 12:47 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Are you saying he wants a weathered gray pen?

Turn most any wood down to size, use some coarse grit sandpaper to give it texture then stain it gray. The only way for it to be natural is to leave it out in the weather about 3 to 4 years after turning it.
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Texture as necessary then stain with tea from vinegar and 000 steel wool.
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Advise the person to send you a piece of sufficient size so that you can do what he wants. That's the only way to duplicate the wood in the picture.
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I remember many years ago when grayed cedar and cypress siding was all the rage in Louisiana. There was a stain/finish that would accelerate the graying of those woods. Might be an option.


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See if you can find a piece of weathered cedar fencing. Around here, cedar fences were all the rage about 40 years ago. They turned that color after a while, and being cedar, they didn't rot.
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