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Baseball fever or a girl's best friend, this is a first effort at segmentation. With a base of cocobolo, the cocobolo diamonds are captured by the aspen.

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Comments and critiques are welcomed. As always, thank you for looking. [8D]
 
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Thank you all for your generous comments! Jim--I got so turned around with this pen that even I'm not sure [:D], but I don't think there's any end grain...just a lot of itty-bitty pieces that came from some extras I got from Bill in Idaho.
 

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Thanks, again, folks. At this time of year my fancy actually turns to baseball but it wouldn't hurt my feelings to have one of those female creatures to warm the seat next to me. [:D] Mudder, there were a number of days involved, but the actual time was just a couple of hours. There were 5 separate steps in the glueing to create the diamond as opposed to just a square on its side.
 

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Originally posted by btboone
<br />Great Job Lou. From the title, I thought you were getting into jewelry. [:D]
If you can move into pens, maybe I should try the jewelry route! [:p] Not with diamonds--although I do have about 80 small garnets from my last visit to Prague that might brighten up a few pens. [8D]
 

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Lou,

Having attempted that design (very unsuccessfully), I can only say WOW. Nice job.

I may try again when I have several hours with nothing to do!
 

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I can only say WOW since that is WAY over my head! Any hints on the steps? I think I have most of them figured out but a couple are still eluding me (which means they are the easiest steps)!
 

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Ok, this is from memory...and remember that I told you I had some failures. There are two key elements. The first is that I used 60-degree angles to form a diamond. 90-degree angles form a square. The second key element is that the width of the diamonds needs to be kept at 1/4 inch. By using 1/4 inch, the entire diamond is viewed as though it is on a single plane (i.e. it does not wrap).

When I do this again, I'll use a table saw instead of a bandsaw. I have way too much play in the angles and alignment from using a bandsaw.
 

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I think that is awesome. Is the inlay on both sides? My only criticism would be that I would prefer that the clip not cover the upper inlay. I would have rotated the clip 90 degrees. Otherwise really cool.
 

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I came back and looked at it again; I agree with Sam and Shane. Also, Lou, what's the line that runs circumferentially just below the end of the clip?
 

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Thanks, Shane and Sam. I tried the clip at the other 90 and didn't like it at all...to each his own! [:D] I'm glad you found the "easy" steps, Rick. Now can you tell me? [:D] And Jim--it's coming and it's a secret! [}:)]
 
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That's a really beautiful pen, Sensei... really beautiful!!
It makes me want to work harder, but I need to work SMARTER!!
I really want to do the fancy work, but I need to concentrate on just making a good pen with a good finish... fancy will have to wait... I can't be a "Lou" overnight, darn it!!! [;)]

You keep kickin' it up a notch! That cookin' guy has NOTHING on you! BAM!!![:D]
 
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