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Here are a couple pens I made today. The first is a European ballpoint made of Snakewood. I put a CA finish on it as I was afraid to heat it up with a friction polish finish. I have had some Snakewood crack in the past, so I wanted to avoid the heat.
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The second pen is a platinum Baron rollerball made of Amboyna Burl with Blackwood inlays. This is my pen for the Pen Maker's Guild pen swap. It is a new inlay pattern for me. I'm not thrilled with it because I like the shapes with sharper edges better. I do like the way the Blackwood inlays look with the black accents of the kit though.
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Jim youi have two very nice looking pens. I hope that your luck with snakewood is better than mine, every pen that I've done with it has ended up cracking no matter what I did. I've finely desided that with so many other veriaties of wood to choose from, until someone comes up with a good way to harness the stuff I'll use the others. One of these days I have to try my hand at inlay in pens, I've done it in all my other woodworking but not with pens yet. Nice work.

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Jim, those are superb! Give us some feedback later on the snakewood. I've made three of them (no friction polish), and all three of them cracked on me within a relatively short period of time.
 

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Jim, once again you came up with a couple of beautiful pens! I really like the Snakewood pen, sure hope it holds up for you. Thanks for posting!
 

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Great job on both pens. Hope you have good luck on the snakewood not cracking - that would really be a shame.

The guild should really appreciate your work!
 

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Wayne,
I had the same experience with Snakewood, so I removed it from my wood selection on my website. A customer called me and specifically requested a Snakewood pen. I told him I would make it and hold onto it for two weeks. If it doesn't crack in that time period, I will ship it to him. I was careful not to apply any significant heat while drilling, turning and finishing it. I also filed the inside of the tubes before assembly so as to minimize stress when the fittings are pressed into place. This is the same treatment I give ivory pens. I'll see how it goes.
 

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Jim...Those are both beautiful as usual. You really have the knack to put together a beautiful pen. I always enjoy seeing them. Thanks
 

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Jim, the inlays look great. I like the fact that it is a more subtle look than, for example, the shark. Not that the shark is ugly or anything! I just think this really blends nicely with both the wood and the kit.
 

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Doug,
I believe Snakewood is one of those tight grained woods that stabilization has no effect on. Somebody correct me if I am wrong. I appreciate the suggestion.
 

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Very nice Jim, I love snakewood, it is in my tope 5. But I have problems with it to. I read where Richard K. said he boils his snakewood and has had no problems, I also heard it doesn't help. My next batch I make, I am going to boil and put a CA finish on to see what happens.
 

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I believe Snakewood is one of those tight grained woods that stabilization has no effect on.
I wonder if sending an e-mail to the people who do stabilizing and asking them if it would work . I know that there is one that has been named here quite a bit but I can't remember his name . Could prove beneficial .
 

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I had send some Snakewood blanks to Steve White of River Ridge Products for stabilization. Steve and I talked about this and this wood cannot be stabilized. Steve always checks if there is a weight gain, i.e. that stabilizing resin enters the wood, but he told me that in the case of the Snakewood there was no weight change at all.

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