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    Ghost of Christmas past

    While babysitting the grands, I noticed this pen. At first, I didnít even recognize it as one I had made. But, on inspection, I figured out that I had given this to my daughter-in-law as a Christmas present seven years ago. It was one of my very early efforts at making pens.
    Iím horrified at what I see.
    It is a European in Buckeye Burl. So far, so good.
    But, I finished with Mylandís and now the finish is completely worn off. I no longer use Mylandís for pens.
    The end of the blank is not square with the nib. I know I milled before turning but, obviously, failed to inspect the finished product. I now mill both before and after turning.
    The ultra-fat, wasp-waist lower barrel is just plain ugly and uncomfortable to hold. I must have thought I was being clever. It is a disaster.
    The upper barrel is a trifle fat, I would slenderize today.
    The clip retainer and clip are, obviously, missing. Pity, it was a Caduceus (medical) clip. My DIL is a doctor. I am now thinking that it might be wise to use CA or Loctite on those for permanent retention.
    All in all, it is an amateur train wreck, Iím pretty ashamed of it. Upside is that current work is light years better and I am able to recognize my beginners errors.
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    Hmmm...wonder what the daughter in law is getting for Christmas this year?

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    BUT, we all have to begin somewhere or else we stay in one place and stagnate from inactivity.
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    Frank you are right on all point, your pens are miles and miles better now, but you know what, I'll bet that your DIL still LOVED it when you gave it to her
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    While babysitting the grands, I noticed this pen. At first, I didnít even recognize it as one I had made. But, on inspection, I figured out that I had given this to my daughter-in-law as a Christmas present seven years ago. It was one of my very early efforts at making pens.
    Iím horrified at what I see....... I finished with Mylandís and now the finish is completely worn off.
    The end of the blank is not square with the nib. I know I milled before turning but, obviously, failed to inspect the finished product.
    The upper barrel is a trifle fat, I would slenderize today.
    The clip retainer and clip are, obviously, missing. Pity, it was a Caduceus (medical) clip. My DIL is a doctor. I am now thinking that it might be wise to use CA or Loctite on those for permanent retention.
    All in all, it is a.....................

    You kind of struck a nerve with me Frank as I am still paralyzed by the name I was given to build for with Larry's swap that is going on. But, I think I have rationalized my fear away to the point I may start building next week as this weekend is opening of shotgun deer season so will be busy/in the woods. But I did want to point out, I would much rather see a pen I made have battle scars of everyday use rather than it put on a shelf gathering dust. Regardless of your thoughts, she loves it and used it.
    Okay, there are some things you would do different, our tastes do change. Your last sentence, all in all it is a, I would say a much treasured gift that was used as intended and it does have a lifespan so she is ready for an upgrade. Because ten years from now you might think this year's pen won't be perfect forever, you will still turn her a pen, so GOOD JOB on that past pen, make her a new one.
    Jon

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    Thanks, y'all. I have improved since then
    I did make both son and dil pens recently.
    These were a thank you for the trip to Hawaii earlier this year.
    The wood is Koa and Curly Koa I bought while there.
    Photo doesn't show the pen wood properly, I should have taken more care with the lighting.
    There is a thank you in Hawaiian on the bottom.
    These are Gentlemen models.
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    So what is your favorite finish now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol Reed View Post
    So what is your favorite finish now?
    Mostly rattle can lacquer. But, I use others, will be trying wipe on poly soon. I'm not crazy about the CA thing but have to admit it works.
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    Frank I bet you she really doesn't care if it was your first or your 500th pen.
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