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    Ladypen Haul!

    The last FEWS workshop we had, one of the members, Yamashita san, brought a really nice "Ladypen" that he made from two pieces of wood, that was very interesting. Turns out that he does a LOT of pens. I told him that I had more pen blanks than I could ever turn, and a lot of stuff from the US etc, as I've been so very lucky to be able to swap boxes of blanks with other turners from overseas I offered to give him some of these blanks, as he turns a LOT of pens.

    I sent him a box of wood last week, he lives just South of me in Yokohama. He called me the other day and he was just simply so very pleased to get the box of wood. He said he would send me some ladypen blanks etc, that box arrived today!

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    Here is an over view of the haul, I have to say he stuffed the box

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    The white wood is "Holly" I think, the use it here to make the Kokeshi dolls, it is very white and straight grained, good for this kind of pen.

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    I want to learn how to make these pens, so he sent me some completed pens, one partially turned pen, and three blanks with the two pieces joined at 22.5 degrees.

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    A close up of the lady pens he sent, nice eh?

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ID:	32426 I'm not exactly sure what the other wood is, I'll have to ask him.

    Just goes to show how being generous is a good thing!
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    cool haul Stu. the pens that you have there are very special I would say.

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    Nice looking wood Stu. It would be interesting to see a tutorial of making one of those pens after you learn how.
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    Those pens are way cool, Stu. Looking forward to seeing your version of them.
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    Very nice Stu. Those pens look like they would be a challenge. looks like some offset turning with maybe some hand carving involved.

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    I don't recall seeing "ladypens" before. Very cool. I'm assuming it uses the innards from a regular Bic pen?
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    Kewel Stu. Pens look great and a nice looking haul on the wood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Bienlein View Post
    Very nice Stu. Those pens look like they would be a challenge. looks like some offset turning with maybe some hand carving involved.
    Eccentric turning, no carving

    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    I don't recall seeing "ladypens" before. Very cool. I'm assuming it uses the innards from a regular Bic pen?
    You sir are correct, the innards of a BIC pen

    Quote Originally Posted by Bernie Weishapl View Post
    Kewel Stu. Pens look great and a nice looking haul on the wood.
    Yeah, I'm pleased for sure!

    Quote Originally Posted by Gord Rock View Post
    Those pens are way cool, Stu. Looking forward to seeing your version of them.
    Me too, once I figure it out

    Quote Originally Posted by Royall Clark View Post
    Nice looking wood Stu. It would be interesting to see a tutorial of making one of those pens after you learn how.
    If I can figure it out, you bet, lots of pics too. I have a video here, somewhere, of Eli Avisera and John Francois Escolen turning lady pens, I have to edit it and put it up on youtube I guess.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne Bower View Post
    cool haul Stu. the pens that you have there are very special I would say.
    I'd agree with you Wayne!
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    Stu, yes very neat idea and pen! Showed it to my students yesterday, we offset some pieces and did some turning, the problem we ran into was the opposite cut cutting into the head or body part. This morning while thinking about it, maybe had our eccentric to eccentric. Meaning, we set our angle at the headstock right of center and at the tailstock to the left of center. Maybe we only needed to move the headstock off of center and leave the tailstock at center. Clear as mud?
    Anxiously await the utube version, please post the address then I can get the computer guru at our school to download that and send to me so students can watch it!!
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    Johnathan, I bet the kids would like to do this pen, but be forewarned it is a bit of an advanced technique, but worth a shot or two

    I'll try to get the video up soon, but I did fine >> THESE << instructions on the web, no idea if they are worth the paper I printed them on, but between the instructions, the video, and the samples I have on hand, I should be able to figure it out.

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