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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Vernon, WI

    First 2 pens

    Hey everyone, took a free pen turning class a couple of months ago at the local Woodcraft. All I had to pay for was materials. Pretty sweet deal! There were only about 4 of us in the class, including the 2 instructors, and everyone was very helpful. I also received much help from Frank, so thanks Frank! Here are the results. The one on the left was the first one, turned in class, and it is Olive Wood. Loved the smell and it worked really nice. The next one I did at home after I bought a mandrel and mill kit. I believe it is Zebra Wood? I could be wrong on that. It came in a package of 4 exotic woods so I will have to double check on that. I had a few tearout issues with that one but it turned out alright. All in all the pens were fun and something new. I don't know that I'm going to go pen crazy but I will probably turn some here and there for gifts Thanks for lookin!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Lafayette, Indiana
    Westley, let me be the first to say....well done. Those look great!


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Excellent job on both pens, Westley. Looks like you got the fit right on the money. Not sure about the zebrawood. It's usually ligher in color, with the dark stripes. I'm guessing it's something else, but whatever it is, it looks great.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    falcon heights, minnesota
    good going wes!

    that bottom one looks like kingwood to me.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Looks like you were paying attention in the class. They came out pretty nice.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Those are beauties Westley. Well done.
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    To your credit, you did not start out with Slimlines.
    And, you did not turn in a bunch of bumps and coves and curlies. That is common with first pens. Most do it. DAMHIK.
    These look very fine, good fit. Working on the finish can come later.
    All in all, very well done.
    I'm not sure about the wood in the bottom one either. It looks like it might be genuine Bias Cut Sumptin'.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Wood in the bottom could also be wenge. I have had some issues turning wenge. It was brittle.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    Nice pens ,,, Traitor here i thought yu were died in the wool flat worker...
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  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Very nice job Mine would probobly look very bad.
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