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Posted By mark james [Profile] [Photos] Category The IAP Collection
Original Filesize 745.3 KB Original Dimensions 3283 x 1207
Date Posted 03-31-2016 11:41 AM Number Of Views 683
Description 2016 BASH - Ball Point Pen Contest First Place.

Eight Loop Celtic Knot and Pinstripes.
Date Added to Collection 3/18/16
Maker Brian Garthwaite (BrianG)
Materials Cherry Blank and dyed veneer
Components Berea Satin Copper Cigar
Tools / Machinery Used Ryobi BT3100 Table Saw; Grizzly G0555 Band Saw; Turncrafter 10" VS Lathe; block plane; skew chisel; hand chisel; custom-built sled; Barry Gross Acrylic Buffing System
Process A 1" Cherry blank was milled to an octagon. Gray, white and burgundy veneers constructed the segments. Eight kerf cuts were made in a 1-5-3-7-2-6-4-8 sequence. The kerfs for the cross bands were made after the knot was completed, and the upper barrel was separated from the lower barrel blank. The pinstripes were of the same veneers. The kerfs were ripped the length of the lower barrel to a depth just short of the diameter of the tube. The holes for the tubes were drilled on the lathe. After sanding, the pen was finished with CA, sanded through 12,000 MM and buffed.
Maker's Comments I have seen plenty of four-loop Celtic Knots, and a few six-loops, but no eight-loops. The first challenge was milling an octagon with nearly equal side lengths. This made cutting the kerfs simpler than trying to register 8 faces off of a round blank. Drilling the hole for the brass tube requires a sharp bit and perfect centering in order to make the loops of the knot consistent. A sharp skew is a must, but there is no shame in using coarse sandpaper for final shaping. I encourage doing-so; tear-out is a risk because the veneer is fragile and the end grain will catch even if the skew is sharp.

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