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Chriscb

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Afternoon all,
Been busy on the lathe, here's my latest group of pens. Voids (of which there were many) filled with a mix of ground coffee, sawdust and thin CA.

Wood sanded to 240, application of Yorkshire grit and polished on wheel. Didn't want a high gloss, just some protection from handling.

Woods are Thuya Burl, American Oak Burl, and Yew Burl.

Closed length - 150 mm to 158 mm
Open length - 144 mm to 152 mm
No step.
Bock #6 nibs

As ever, thoughts and critiques please.

Cheers,
Chriscb


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derekdd

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Wow, those are really gorgeous, Chris. Thanks for posting pictures of your work.

So, different color ebonite for sleeves, or is that a different material?

I've not seen Yew burl before. Pretty wild!
 

Chriscb

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Wow, those are really gorgeous, Chris. Thanks for posting pictures of your work.

So, different color ebonite for sleeves, or is that a different material?

I've not seen Yew burl before. Pretty wild!
Hey thanks for that. I think these are perhaps the best set of Burls I've turned for a while. I think the White Oak pen stunning and unusual. But turning this group of pens was nerve racking, with voids and cracks appearing as the wood was being turned down. A long slow process.

OK.. yes I should have noted that - all the pens were lined with acrylic. The sections have steel inners, threaded for a Bock nib
(from Beaufortink.co.uk).

Regards,
Chriscb
 

Chriscb

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Exquisit blanks! Like the "satin" finish.
Thank you so much - I'm not a fan of a glossy finish on wood. I want to be able to feel the indentations of the wood, and in the Thuya pens case, catch the aroma as I'm using the pen. I save the deep shine for acrylics et al.

Regards,
Chriscb
 

d_bondi

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WOW Chris, these are stunning!

The steel sleeves for the sections is a great idea and something I had not considered.

Was the Yorkshire Grit and buffing the end of your finishing process?

Bravo!!

~Sorry didn't think about the fact that I was posting on the original thread. I'll pay better attention next time.
 

Chriscb

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Hey thank you. Yes - the Yorkshire Grit is the last application followed by buffing. I don't go with a high gloss for wooden pens, as I like the feel of the wood. Generally the wood I choose for kitless pens are burls or other highly figured wood that tend to be tactile.
As for the steel section sleeves, I went down the route of turning acrylic and ebonite but frankly my failure rate was quite high.
Regards,
Chriscb
 

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Thanks Chris, I haven't used Yorkshire Grit yet, but did pick some up just the other day. Looking forward to giving it a try.
 

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Afternoon all,
Been busy on the lathe, here's my latest group of pens. Voids (of which there were many) filled with a mix of ground coffee, sawdust and thin CA.

Wood sanded to 240, application of Yorkshire grit and polished on wheel. Didn't want a high gloss, just some protection from handling.

Woods are Thuya Burl, American Oak Burl, and Yew Burl.

Closed length - 150 mm to 158 mm
Open length - 144 mm to 152 mm
No step.
Bock #6 nibs

As ever, thoughts and critiques please.

Cheers,
Chriscb


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Chris,
These are very nice, you just gave me some motivation to get off the PC and get back to the shop and turn something!

Thanks for sharing,

Andy
 

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Hey thanks. Delighted that I've moved you to action - please show us what you've turned.
Chriscb
Chriscb,

This is my 6th pen, my first that isn't based on a slimline. This is an officer twist from Crookedmill with a spalted blank. This was the first wood pen I took below the bushings to account for the CA finish, so it has a perfectly smooth transition between the tip and body. The blank wound up looking way better than I expected it would. Thanks for the motivation!

Andy
 

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Afternoon Andy,
Good looking pen - love the spalted blank ( is it Silver Birch?) and the finish is smoooth.
Thanks for showing.
Chriscb
Chriscb,

I am not sure the species, I wondered myself. I got it out of a bin at our local wood shop that was labeled spalted blanks $6.99, and forgot to ask when I reached the register. When I turned it, it seemed softer than what I have turned before so I thought maybe a maple or your suggestion of birch might be correct. I will ask next time I am in the shop. Thanks for the kind words!

Andy
 
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