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Old 03-19-2017, 04:26 PM   #21 (permalink)
 
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Also, do you have an example of a hybrid blank pen with the bark still attached? I've seen hybrids but not sure if I've seen one with bark...


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Hmmm ... went poking around a few sites .... this is a "mixed mutt" blank with bits and pieces suspended in a black resin, I don't see any bark included.



Quick check of PeachTree's hybrid blanks shows that their bark is all removed ...

This blank on Etsy appears to have had it's bark left on ... it's a bottle stopper sized blank, 6 cm x 6.5 cm x 11.5 cm...




So ... I guess it depends on the preference of the maker and end user, ultimately, as to which is preferred ... but in order to give the best choice, I'ld leave the bark on and send it on to whoever's making the blank, and let them choose whether to remove the bark or include it.

In that bottle stopper sized blank, there are two pieces of burl ... the larger one is bottom left, smaller one tucked top right. (This item is not mine, just grabbed a random link off the search page and came across this image.)
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Further to Skie`s excellent advice on blank cutting techniques , I would suggest that after each cut through the bark you saturate the bark/wood boundary with thin CA , to ensure the bark stays on . I don`t have any experience with bark on big leaf maple , but on some other maples the bark is only loosely bound to the wood when dry .

S&P shakers can also have natural edge bark surfaces . I usually sell them at a premium . Will see if I can find a photo or two .

Last thing to consider is the influence of the finish on the appearance . CA usually doesn`t darken wood much unless it is very punky , but isn`t something I would often use on S&P shakers . Walnut oil seems to darken wood less than linseed oil or tung oil finishes .
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Well, I have cast many blanks with the bark, and blanks made only of bark but those are not what you are after, here.

From pen to knife handle blanks, I still have a few that can be seen on my web-store, this is one of the places where bark is found on many blanks.https://www.georges-bits-of-timber.c...rs-sold-singly

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Old 03-20-2017, 01:12 PM   #25 (permalink)
 
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Found a few pictures . First is big leaf maple , not a burl but with a type of spalting that it sometimes has , tung oil sealer finish ; second is Diamond willow , totally natural edge , bark and orange pincushion lichen adhere tightly , but used thin CA on them to be sure ; third is Saskatoon , part of the bark natural edge , part partially turned through , bark is held very tightly but may have assisted it with CA in a place or two , tung oil sealer finish
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Very cool. Thanks for the examples. That helps visualize what can be done and definitely gives me something to work towards!


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For anyone interested, here are the first pens I made from this burl.





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Very pretty


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