Wow, Michael, you made that blank sing! Excellent craftsmanship, I know those things aren't exactly the easiest to turn and finish! I love the cap finial, I was wondering how well those blanks would work for that.
I may have to make one of those for myself. I need a new fountain pen. (Well, 'need' is a matter of perspective, I guess...hehe)
The finial is not perfect. Once I put it on I noticed a chip from the wood part. I was able to fit a small chip back in with some CA, but I may make another one. It was not the easiest to finish. The combination of wood and plastic is hard to balance. I used a CA/BLO finish but had to be sparing with the BLO and heavy with the CA. Multiple coats. Someone will ask so the answer is lots of coats and very light cuts with 400 to build up the finish. Now that I have done one I think the next couple will turn out even better.
I didn't realize it was wood and plastic, a worthless wood blank. That would make it a perfect candidate for a double cast. I have achieved the best finishes using that method.
For that matter, I may try the blank myself. I'll have to see if I have any WW blanks that would work.
I just love that deep blue. It's a perfect way to represent the ocean.
Yeah, that's the same thing I've found works best for me with those blanks. When I do them now, I just overturn them a little bit and build the CA up. It goes pretty quick once you get in the swing. Definitely not a blank for PPP stick finish.