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My first Sienna, first pen from found wood, and first burl.

As my wife was driving us home from church, I saw a pile of wood on the side of road, shouted out (giving my wife a heart attack), and made her pull over. I tossed a log in the back and noticed that I had fortuitously gotten a burl, which I sawed up into pen blanks.

Any guesses as to the species?

(I've been absent from the forum for awhile because I've been turning bowls and a chess set instead of pens.)
 

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Follow-up question for other burl turners: Although I really love the look of the burl grain on this one (straight CA finish), I'm wondering if I should try some other way of finishing the next one. A little BLO? Dye? What will take it to the next level?
 

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Great find....and pen!

Did you dry the wood before making the pen? Since it was Fog wood( found on ground), it probably has a high moisture content.
 

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Glorious pen Rob,
Magnificent FOG wood Blank,
Beautifully Turned Fitted and Finished.
Your story about how you got the Burl, reminded me of when I was living in Pennsylvania, some 20 years ago, I was introduced by a work colleague to White Water Canoeing, and it became one of my favorite activities, so much so, that while driving around, over every bridge I crossed I was looking at the width and depth of the water, and any potential for Canoeing, it became an Involuntary Addiction.
I expect that your Scanning for Wood may become the same.
Regards,
Brian.
 
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Did you dry the wood before making the pen? Since it was Fog wood( found on ground), it probably has a high moisture content.
I stacked them, weighing each piece, after cutting it up into pen blanks, and weighed them daily. I expected drying to take a long time, but they only took 2 days to stabilize. I'm guessing they have lots of exposed grain and dry quickly? There was a little bit of minor splitting, but not bad at all.

Unfortunately I didn't leave a piece big enough for a ring, which my wife asked for only after she saw the first pen!
 
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