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    A few of my latest pens

    I was somewhat apprehensive to post some of my latest pens on this forum since I hadn't seen too many shown. But a search revealed there are some pen turners here, so here goes:

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    Cigar Pen in Cocobolo

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    El Grande Pen in Wavy Sassafras

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    This style of pen, a Button Click Sierra is my favourite style. Both are shown in acrylics.

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    These 2 are Ligero Rollerballs. One is done in Australian Lacewood, the other in Australian Silky Oak.

    All pens (other than the acrylics) are finished with 5 or 6 coats of thin CA applied with a Q-tip, and allowed to dry prior to being mm'd at 1500 between coats. Part way through the 5/6 coats I would micro mesh at 4000. After the final coat of thin CA, they were all mm'd to 12,000. A final rubbing with a paste product call FLITZ (smells something like BRASSO, and your are looking at the finished product.
    Mack C. in Brooklin ON
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    VERY nice job Mack. I have a hard time just using a Q-tip to clean my ears much less putting on a nice finish like you have done. Looks great.

    Mark

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    Mac, those are all winners!

    Please do not EVER hesitate to post pics of Pens, I think that everyone enjoys them!

    I'm torn as to which is my favorite one, the first one, the Cocobolo is really nice, but I'm also liking the blue Wavy Sassafras, and I don't usually like acrylics, but that one is really nice
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    Nice pens Mack. I think the rollerballs are my favorite.
    I have several of the click sierra kits but have yet to turn one. Next time I get on a pen kick I think I will put them at the top of the list.

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    Mack, don't you just love cocobolo?? It always makes a pen kit look good!!
    Have you used this click pen for long? The one I got from HUT felt cheap and was rough in its workings. If they are of good quality, I appreciate you showing them as I have calls for click pens but didn't like the workings of the other choice. Good looking pens Mack!
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    [quote=Jonathan Shively;126447]
    Mack, don't you just love cocobolo?? It always makes a pen kit look good!!
    Hi Jonathon; This is one of the nicest pieces of Cocobolo I have seen. I traded or purchased from a pen turner in HI for it. I have 5 more pieces and looking for some top end pens to turn with it.
    Have you used this click pen for long? The one I got from HUT felt cheap and was rough in its workings. If they are of good quality, I appreciate you showing them as I have calls for click pens but didn't like the workings of the other choice.
    I get my clicks from a Canadian supplier (Geez, I just thought that sounds like the words to a song)http://www.penblanks.ca/index.php
    I have a total of 13 in my inventory at present and have never received one I thought or felt was cheap.
    Mack C. in Brooklin ON
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    Lookin' fine. I'm going to be called a 'former' pen turner if I don't get back in the shop soon.
    They make great gifts.

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    Good looking pens Mack. Like the Cocobolo.
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    great job Mack. Just because they're portable doesn't mean we don't want to see such well executed work!
    -Ned

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    Love the pens! Don't be shy about posting them.

    I think you'll find this group appreciative of all forms of woodworking...

    Great job!
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