Citizen Ambrosia Maple

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This is a new kit for me, a Dayacom Citizen, from Crooked Mill. I believe the finish is gunmetal, it doesn't specify on their website. It's obviously a screw cap rollerball. I really like the simple lines and details on the center band and finial end. I like it with the ambrosia maple.
 

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There are no instructions, but turning and assembling it are fairly straight forward. One of the lower body bushings is smaller, it's for the closed end of the pen. Make sure the trim ring on the closed end is oriented correctly.
 

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The wood is a piece I got from the cutoff bin at Rockler. It looks like ambrosia maple to me.
 

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This is actually my second attempt at this pen. The first time I cut the lower body too much, and made it concave. So I started over. And since I wanted to try to match the grain, I had to start over on the upper body, too. But I think the results are worth the extra effort.
 

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Very nice! The wood is most certainly Ambrosia Maple - especially considering the beetle holes. It is one of my favorite woods. On pens I fill the holes with ebony TimberMate wood filler before sanding and finishing. The name comes from the Ambrosia fungi which is associated with Ambrosia beetles. They bore into the tree bringing the fungi with them. It is the fungi that stains and discolors the wood surrounding the boring paths. - Dave
 

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Very nice! The wood is most certainly Ambrosia Maple - especially considering the beetle holes. It is one of my favorite woods. On pens I fill the holes with ebony TimberMate wood filler before sanding and finishing. The name comes from the Ambrosia fungi which is associated with Ambrosia beetles. They bore into the tree bringing the fungi with them. It is the fungi that stains and discolors the wood surrounding the boring paths. - Dave
I never knew that about the beetles. The world is an amazing place.
 

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Very nice! The wood is most certainly Ambrosia Maple - especially considering the beetle holes. It is one of my favorite woods. On pens I fill the holes with ebony TimberMate wood filler before sanding and finishing. The name comes from the Ambrosia fungi which is associated with Ambrosia beetles. They bore into the tree bringing the fungi with them. It is the fungi that stains and discolors the wood surrounding the boring paths. - Dave
This stuff? I wonder how it would work with Pens Plus.

 

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This stuff? I wonder how it would work with Pens Plus.


I don't know about Pens Plus, but since it is a water based general purpose wood filler, I would assume it works with most finishes. I have several of the colors as it is my favorite brand of wood filler. It is very versatile, for example on oak I thin it down with water to make a very fluid paste and fill the open grain - it kind of works as both a grain filler and sanding sealer. It doesn't really dry out much in the container over time and if it does, since it is water based, a few drops of water can bring it back to useable life. - Dave
 
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