An Overdue Gift for my Youngest Son

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OZturner

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My Youngest Son, is an Artistic Director, for an Entertainment Company. He Produces Concerts, Cabarets, Musicals, and Tours Local and Imported Artists.
I had a desire to produce a Pen for him as I had done for his Brother and Sister, and decided that I would use the Beautiful Kallenshann Laser Cut Piano Blank for the Chrome Sierra Hardware.
I approached the Blank with a certain degree of trepidation, as the Keys to be inserted, are numerous, small, and somewhat delicate, and of course a lot of CA glue has to be used to fix them, and of course CA doesn't care what it adheres too.
But I should not have worried. The precision that these Blanks are made with, made my job easy.
I recommend Kallenshaan Blanks to any Pen Turner, The Pen and Blank was sourced from Exotic Blanks.
Critiques and Comments Welcome.
Brian.
 

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PFMan

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Amazing pen, Brian!

Very well done executed

Congratulations and sure happy new owner

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Beautiful Brian, i'm sure he'll cherish it!!

I've done a few Kallenshaan blanks--echo your sentiments. If possible, it's nice to have my wife home when i do the glue-ups--on the first one i did i ended up with both hands firmly glued to the blank. I had a few minutes of wondering how i was going to get free, and getting my cell phone out of my pants pocket was out of the question. My technique has gotten better since!!
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My Youngest Son, is an Artistic Director, for an Entertainment Company. He Produces Concerts, Cabarets, Musicals, and Tours Local and Imported Artists.
I had a desire to produce a Pen for him as I had done for his Brother and Sister, and decided that I would use the Beautiful Kallenshann Laser Cut Piano Blank for the Chrome Sierra Hardware.
I approached the Blank with a certain degree of trepidation, as the Keys to be inserted, are numerous, small, and somewhat delicate, and of course a lot of CA glue has to be used to fix them, and of course CA doesn't care what it adheres too.
But I should not have worried. The precision that these Blanks are made with, made my job easy.
I recommend Kallenshaan Blanks to any Pen Turner, The Pen and Blank was sourced from Exotic Blanks.
Critiques and Comments Welcome.
Brian.
Brian:
You have just created and heirloom!! I am sure your son will cherish it forever. Beautiful craftsmanship.
 

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Thank you Earl, for your Kind Comments and the Vivid Image of your Experience with a Kallenshann Blanks.
What you so beautifully wrote, was what I feared could happen to me. Your description gendered a vivid image of being "Stuck Up" by Both Hands, with no way of getting free without painfully shedding Skin.
Again my worst fears, were futile.
Kindest regards,
Brian.
 

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Absolutely beautiful pen, Brian. Looks as if you could sit down and play a tune on it. Your son will be quite pleased. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you Dan for your kind comments,they are Greatly Appreciated.
Kind regards,
Brian.
Brian, the pen for your son is right on key!
Superb craftsmanship in turning, finish and mating with components!
Thanks Charlie, for your Kind Words,
Regarding the Turning, as the Keyboard during assembly, was awash with CA, I hoped that some of the "Thin CA" had soaked between the Keys, and I was also concerned with any of the Dark Pen Blank dust transferring to the "White Keys".
I very gingerly turned the Blank, with a Very Sharp Skew Chisel, then continued to put some CA, on the lower portions, to bring the Low Point up to the High Spots.
Once I had a Level Playing Field, and as I had not reached my desired Diameter, I continued turning, until my desired Diameter was reached, Then I used CA over the Blank, and used Micro Mesh to 12000, to polish the CA Coat.
This meant that no black dust was generated, as all finishing with Abrasive was done on the CA Coat.
The White Keys, do have a small dark brown tone on the Cut Edge, as a result of the Laser Burning.
A Final Coat of Renaissance Wax was applied and Hand Buffed with a soft cloth.
Regards,
Brian.
 

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Very nice, Brian.
I made that exact pen for my youngest daughter a couple of years ago. She is a music teacher and has private piano students.
You are correct that there are many pieces and there is a sense of relief when they are all in place.
 
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All class Brian.
A perfect match for blank and kit that you chose for it.
I have no doubt it will be cherished by your son.
Thank you Brad for your kind comments,
Very gratefully received.
Brian.
Very nice, Brian.
I made that exact pen for my youngest daughter a couple of years ago. She is a music teacher and has private piano students.
You are correct that there are many pieces and there is a sense of relief when they are all in place.
Well Dennis, you know all about the Anxiety Experience, that goes Hand in Glove, with the Piano Blank.
I feel that I was unnecessarily Cautious, and built up my Anxiety, and with Hind Sight, the Blank was very forgiving, and would be suitable for any Pen Maker with only slightly better than Basic Skill Levels, such is the brilliance of Ken Kallenshaan, that he imparts sufficient tolerance and latitude, though it looks more complex and difficult than it is in reality.
Thank you for your Kind Supporting Comments,
Kindest regards,
Brian.
 
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