Bill, I guess I can tell the recipient that if he gets tired of the pen he can always eat it!I'll let others with answers respond to the question. But I just turned an olivewood pen yesterday. Turning and sanding it smooth made my workshop smell downright appetizing. I loved it.
That saddest part of the project was finishing it with Shellawax. No more olive smell.
I made the blanks today, applied a few coats of thin and it was looking very nice. I then added 2 coats of thick and it went downhill from there, so I sanded it all off. When I get to 5+ coats of thin, do I use fine abrasives to smooth out for polishing? I have a set of micromesh.Make sure that you wear a good quality respirator, or have a fan blowing the CA fumes away from your face. Otherwise you have some respiratory issues down the road.