Kinda reminds me of one of my favorite quotes: "Good is the enemy of Best." - Good enough is not good enough for me. My obsessive nature dominates. I applaud your perfectionism!I’ll probably be disassembling this one even though my wife says I’m way to picky. Cottonwood burl and there a couple of small voids where I can see brass
Thing is the voids are full of CA. It’s just a blank, a pretty one, but still just a blank. I’ll remake it.It is beautiful wood. If you disassemble it without damaging the blank, sand that thing down a little and fill those voids with sanding dust and CA. It’s worth a try to save that Burl.
I bought the cottonwood burl from Cook woods online. I get stuff from them I can’t get locally. I would rather see the wood in person, but they have pictures of every piece of wood they sell. I haven’t been disappointed by anything I have bought from them.Ken, I totally understand your perspective. Others may not readily see the imperfections, but as Mark said, they are like 500W bulbs to the craftsman who made the pen.
I have never seen cottonwood burl. It's really pretty. I have a yard full of willows and cottonwoods - I have used willow burl pretty extensively, but have not noticed any burls on the cottonwoods. I am going to have to look again. Thanks for sharing.
If the voids are full of glue take a Dremel or pick and open up the crack. Then fill it with the glue and dust. Just try to make any shapes as irregular as possible so it would look more natural. I’d try that before discarding a nice blank. Like yourself and others I couldn’t leave it as is.