Finally took time last night to finish this one up. First off it was a hard choice to decide on the pen kit finish. I had already decided to use a Tec Bolt Kit because I was making this pen for my daily carry pen at school where I work. The issue was trying to decide between a gun metal finish or the antique brass finish. My wood choice will be #25-Knotty Pine. May sound foolish but I think my idea of your wood came when I first cut it with the band saw. That smelled just like fresh cut pine.
Excuse the poor image quality. Having to use the cell phone at this time until camera is replaced.
Thanks again for allowing me to participate & the blanks that you generously provided.
Finally had a chance to finish my pen. I used a Jr Gent I kit with Rhodium plating because I thought it matched the color of the wood really well. I used a CA finish but left did not polish it to a high gloss. This has a matte finish and it feels really good in the hands.
My guess for the wood will be Radiata Pine (lucky #13).....
Sorry to take so long George, I have been busy with family. Here is the pen I created from your blank. The blank turned well and only had 1 little soft spot inside that I filled with CA. Easy to turn and finish. I do not know the species from your listings, but it does look like some kind of pine. That is not a proper guess of course but I do like the blank. Thanks for the gift of the wood and the fun to enter your contest.
Here's my entry - just under the wire as usual.
I used a chrome w/gold accents Vertex Supreme kit. I really like this kit and I thought this plating was a good match for this great mystery wood which I think is #30 - Bottle Brush!
The blank was really easy to turn & it went quite fast once I was finally able to get to it. I used 10 coats of Craft Coat for the finish which really went on smooth - the blank soaked it up really well. After it cured for a couple of days I couldn't feel any ripples or unevenness at all, so I just hit it with a little wet 12000 mm and topped it off with some plastic polish.
Thanks for this opportunity George. It was lots of fun and I really like the way this one turned out.
No worries George the pen is coming. Ran into a small problem when I didnt read the fine print .... You know where the instructions say "Some assembly required" ; )
Finally got it done and some (not so good) pictures taken. I challenged myself with a double closed end fountain pen using satin nickel components from an old Baron kit that was short some parts.
My photography skills are BAD but the blank looks amazing in person. The wood had all sorts of variances in texture, color and hardness as I shaped this pen. Next time one closed end will be enough for now.
As for what kind of wood .... FOG (found on ground) right after George hit it with his chainsaws. We know it is not Sassafrass and most likely not Hills Weeping Fig so there are lots of choices to pick from. I like Coral tree
George George George....every time I order from you I end up with this weird unquenched thirst for more. Thank you again for the chance to participate. The package arrived today and did not disappoint. I love my selections although I don't think there is a bad selection on your site.
To top it off a couple of Christmas blanks.... I must admit, I don't know these offhand. Any chances of you providing a wood ID or are you gonna make me go through the 81 choices? : )
Haha, I should have known that. They are beautiful! I need to get to it, I have a couple of your blanks in line now tubed and ready, the time is the problem! Enough excuses though, headed down to the basement to play now.