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    two More pens



    Not so happy with that slimline, but it was a learning pen... Mahagony with a gold slimline kit.

    I moved on from that one to this...




    East indian rosewood and a Pearl slimline kit.

    I gave the rosewood pen away tonight at Lodge, as a door prize for the 'wildest tie' worn.
    -Ned

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    Nice looking pens Ned!

    Not sure what you don't like about them, but I understand that sometimes the turner can see flaws others don't.

    I've made a lot of 'learning pens'.

    One thing I've done is to buy a 'transfer punch' set from Harbor freight. It makes disassembling pens a snap. I've also bought extra 'tubes' for the pen kits I make. Especially for kits I'm not that familiar with. It makes it easy to experiment without sacrificing the more expensive pen hardware.

    As a matter of fact, I've got one on my desk right now that is bugging me, and I have a feeling it's going to find it's way out the the shop to be recycled tomorrow....
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    Not bad at all for you first pens. With time you'll find a 'style' you like and feel for the turning. Keep practicing. I know I am.

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    You're doing nicely, Ned. I can see room for improvement in both, but it sounds like you can, too. Rock on.
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    Hi Ned... Each pen, each kind of wood, each type of kit brings it own set of circumstances to learn and deal with. I found the east indian rosewood really easy to cut, drill and turn but it never seemed to sand down to a really nice smooth texture. Not that it's always what the turner wants. Keep experimenting and learning and trying and above all enjoying!!! Keep up the good work.
    spinning into a new adventure

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    If you want to go down the dark side of frustration, you can always try the 'Super Glue' finish.

    I've got it down to the point where I usually only have to redo each pen twice to get the finish I like....

    When they turn out good, I really like the depth that it gives a pen.

    But you do tend to get your fingers awfully coated in glue at times...
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    Great looking pens Ned. I use either lacquer or Enduro from bear tooth woods. It is a Enduro sanding sealer and then Enduro poly. Takes longer but gives a good finish.
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    So Far, So Good

    Good work overall Ned. You'll get better with practice. As long as you don't see brass and the pen writes then you were successful. We really are our own worst critics
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