I recently decided to try my hand at turning some pens. Designing and building furniture projects is rewarding and I'll continue along that path. But, I wanted to shift gears and do something with a short concept to completion time. I've seen some great looking pens on this and other forums and thought I'd give it a try.
Below are photos of of my first two attempts at turning pens.
For the first one, I took a piece of cherry that was headed for the smoker bin and cut some pen blanks. It took the better part of an hour to complete, but at least I got it done without blowing it up! Finish is several coats of shellac, then a few coats of wax.
The second pen is made from blanks I cut from a dogwood log harvested from my in-law's property in Alabama. The first photo shows the pen and a portion of the log from which I cut the blanks. The second photo is the 'back' of the pen showing some worm or insect holes and checking. I used CA and 150 grit sandpaper to create a slurry to fill the voids before completing the sanding. Finish is CA/BLO topped with HUT PPP I and II.
Thanks for looking!