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Old 01-16-2009, 12:24 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I do like the local idea... if it happens to crack we can call it a fault line.
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Old 01-18-2009, 03:32 PM   #12 (permalink)
 
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how about a lamination of Local woods...
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Old 01-23-2009, 08:17 AM   #13 (permalink)
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So what do we have? who's gonna glue it up?
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I talked to Jay today and he and I can work on a lamination. Jay has quite a collection of local woods but if anyone has some special wood they want to use or if anyone wants to join us in the creation of our pen, just let us know.

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Old 01-24-2009, 12:52 AM   #15 (permalink)
 
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I'd have to hope for something nice to happen, timing-wise, but my company owns a composting business that often gets a lot of local green waste. I doubt turning construction waste would be fun, but here in the valley there can be a lot of citrus/etc., I'll see if I can find anything interesting...


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I have some eculyuptus burl, olive, grapefruit to donate. let me know if you want me to run it over to dublin. Other than that don't have much local stuff.
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Old 01-25-2009, 11:43 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I have some walnut, olive, and apricot, some of you probably have some of it too.
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I have some orange, walnut, and holly from the area. I could bring it to Dublin this weekend.
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Old 01-30-2009, 02:34 PM   #20 (permalink)
 
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Hi All,

Jay and I got together today and figured out all the woods available and came up with a couple of ideas for what to make.

First the list of woods to choose from:
  • Apple
  • Grape
  • Cherry
  • Nectarine
  • Apricot
  • Orange
  • Grapefruit
  • Plum
  • California Olive
  • Walnut
  • Pistachio
  • Coastal Live Oak
  • Holly
  • Juniper
  • Manzanita
  • Myrtle
  • Chamise (VERY VERY Hard to deal with, but pretty)
All of these are "California Woods", some of them are "California Native".

We came up with two possible pen blank "themes". The first theme is "California Fruits and Nuts" where we use the woods from our local orchards to make the pen. The other is "California Native" where we only use native woods to make the blank.

We also came up with two possible pen blank "designs". The "ginsu" blank where we take wood from the chosen theme and then slice and dice it up into small pieces and cast the pieces into Alumilite or PR so when you turn the blank you will have a colorful background with different pieces and shapes of the various woods to look at. The second design would be something along the lines of what is "pictured" below:



The far left shows the idea for the top half of the blank where we have 4 different kinds of woods (top & bottom, each pair of the 2x2 columns, and the central diamond). The far right shows what a two part pen would look like.

OK, now for the questions: Which pen kit do we use? Closed end or "traditional"? I'd recommend something BIG like a full-size Gent/Statesman.

What woods do we use?

If we choose the ginsu what shapes do we want for the pieces: All squares?, All quadrilaterals?, Random (ie throw the bits in a blender and see what comes out)?, Some triangles?, Some circles? What color for the background?

If we choose the segmented blank, do we want the field to be in Columns like #1 or "Brick" like #2? Do we want to have veneer between the pieces like 1+ or 2+, or just the wood segments up against each other? The one benefit to the veneers is that it lets us sneak in one more kind of wood. The downside is that the blank becomes even more unstable than it already is. This will definitely be a challenge to turn in either case. Who feels up to the task?

OK, let the discussions begin!!

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