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WoodChucker

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Pen press that is. :D

El Grande made from Purple Heart, but the color is really weak to me.
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And this one is a Cushion Grip click pen from Berea made from Bocote, really like the wood. Not crazy about the size of the cushion grip, it's a little big for the pen.
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R.T.
 
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Purpleheart coloring is all over the map from deep tan to the purple you were probably hoping for. I still think it looks great. And as for the grip on the Cushion Grip pen, someone with a little arthritis in their hands will surely appreciate a beautiful pen that feels good to them. Nice job! [8D]
 

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Very nice pens, R.T. !

I am with Jeff on this. I usually let the purpleheart bask in the sun . . . seems to like it and turns a nice color.
 

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Thanks everyone, so does the tan turn purple heart a darker shade of purple or does it make it lighter? Or maybe it changes to a different color all together? Thanks!

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Nice pens. Ah...purpleheart... that I have some experience with. I finally feel I can make a meaningful contribution to this forum. I am in purpleheart country and having said that I have found that working with the "saka" variety better than the more commercially available purpleheart. The saka does not have as bright a purple but it produces a much nicer finish when sanded. Nevertheless, it is a nice enough purple to me. The others are correct about exposing purpleheart to light. You do this after you have sanded and then you wait for the purple to re-emerge before you put on your finish.
 

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RT, no matter what shade the purple is or the shape of the rubber grip is they do not hide your fine workmanship. Those are two beautiful pens.

I read in I believe it was Wood magazine quite a while ago that if you really want a vivid shade of purple the best way is to use a purple die. That way it will not fade.

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Tropical, thanks for the info on purple heart and I'll keep it mind the next time I work with it.

Wayne, thanks for the kind words and the info, it's appreciated.

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