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Thread: 2 pens... Christmas gifts

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Vernon, WI

    2 pens... Christmas gifts

    Hey everyone

    I've been starting Christmas gifts on the lathe the last couple of days. Finished here are 2 pens that I've completed, one tonight and the other last night. The pens will be for my girlfriend's sister and her husband... the same couple that I built the crib for last Christmas, if you remember that Both are the "European pen kits" they were on sale at Woodcraft. These are my 3rd and 4th pens.

    The first one is Bloodwood. I really like this stuff. Not only cus it has a cool name but I like the smell of it and the rich, red color. I finished this with CA glue. At my last local turners meeting they demonstrated a few things, one of which included CA finish on a pen. This was my first attempt at it and I'd say I'm happy with the results. I need some practice, and it took some trial and error to get the hang of it, but it was fun learning and I'll probably use this method if I make anymore pens. From what I hear it is the best route to go to have a long lasting finish. After the Final coat I sanded to 600 and then went through all of the micromesh pads.

    The second one I finished tonight and it was my first time turning anything acrylic. Thanks to some people's help on here some of my questions were answered that helped me get through it. So thanks again. I did not like doing the acrylic as much as wood. I don't know if it was something I was doing wrong, but there always seemed to be a trail of shavings built up in front of my gouge. It would wrap around the blank and spin with it, only getting larger as I cut more. I could easily stop and brush it off, but it annoyed me a bit because I always wanted to see where I was going with the gouge. Not a huge deal, and I'm sure I'll do more some day, but I prefer the wood Finished it going through the micromesh pads. Thanks for looking everyone!

    p.s. sorry for the not so professional looking picture
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Reno NV
    Nice Job Westley!

    I'm not an expert at pen turning by any means, but I find sometimes the CA finish just 'works' and works great! But other times I just have an off night and I have to sand it all down and do it again.

    You did a great job and looks like you'll be making a couple of folks really happy at Christmas this year!
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Great job on the pens. I agree with Brent. Some nights I can just CA things up and they look great. Other times well let just say I quit while I am ahead.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Both pens look great, Westley. They will surely be appreciated.

    I've gotten to where I just about prefer to turn acrylic instead of wood pens. Acrylic is a bit more hassle to turn (like you said, the curlies can be a pain), but I like the fact that I don't have to use a membrane finish like CA or lacquer.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Both look great, I'm sure they will be well received!
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    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Tellico Plains, Tennessee
    Okay Wes,
    You're an old pro now... excellent job on the pens.

    Bloodwood is one of my favorite woods to work with... I like to also incorporate it into my glue ups for pepper mills.... make for a rich red stripe through the mill

    Looks like you got the acryllic down fine too.... great job.
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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    Your girlfriend has a husband????!!!!
    Westley, they both look great! I just read your first couple of sentences fast and that is the interpretation I got!! They will love them!!!

    God and family, the rest is icing on the cake. I'm so far behind, I think I'm in first place!


  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Vernon, WI
    Thanks very much for the kind words everyone. Jonathan that is pretty funny Wait... at least I don't think my gf has a husband... ???

    Thanks again everyone!

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