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    why i don't do pens

    my wife asked if i'd make the doc she works for a pen for christmas. Well i don't like making pens as i'm no good at it. Well just to make her happy i went out in the shop today and these are what i made. They are a couple of kits i bought when i got my lathe. Had to go online and get the directions as i don't know what happened to them.Now if i could make them look like them guys from canada(Les and Mark) and some others, i'd make some more.(NOT)
    Well heres the pics for what there worth.
    Steve
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    Well it looks to me like you did just fine. Nice looking set.

    Now when you get the next 100 done you'll be a expert!!!!!!!!!!!
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    I have just spent 5 minutes trying to see what's wrong with them. I have yet to make a pen as I suspect is the Doc they are for and whilst maybe the experts could see something wrong... I am blowed if I can.

    Pete

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephen Bellinger View Post
    my wife asked if i'd make the doc she works for a pen for christmas. Well i don't like making pens as i'm no good at it. Well just to make her happy i went out in the shop today and these are what i made. They are a couple of kits i bought when i got my lathe. Had to go online and get the directions as i don't know what happened to them.Now if i could make them look like them guys from canada(Les and Mark) and some others, i'd make some more.(NOT)
    Well heres the pics for what there worth.
    Steve
    Hi Steve; Would you mind telling me where you got that pen box from!
    Oh, the pens look good to me. I'm sure the doc will like them.
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    I'm with Pete...I'm trying to figure out what's wrong with either of 'em. They both look great from where I'm sitting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bernie Weishapl View Post
    Well it looks to me like you did just fine. Nice looking set.

    Now when you get the next 100 done you'll be a expert!!!!!!!!!!!
    I might get my next 100 done in the year 3010.
    Quote Originally Posted by Pete MoncrieffJury View Post
    I have just spent 5 minutes trying to see what's wrong with them. I have yet to make a pen as I suspect is the Doc they are for and whilst maybe the experts could see something wrong... I am blowed if I can.

    Pete
    Thanks Pete there just so plain looking to me.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mack Cameron View Post
    Hi Steve; Would you mind telling me where you got that pen box from!
    Oh, the pens look good to me. I'm sure the doc will like them.
    Mark i belive i got them from psi. i bought a whole kit with a number of kits blanks mandel the whole deal about 3 years ago. these are the 4 and 5 th i've tryed.
    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    I'm with Pete...I'm trying to figure out what's wrong with either of 'em. They both look great from where I'm sitting.
    I guess i'm just getting pickie in my old age.Now if i could put something special on them maybe i'd like them better.
    Last edited by Stephen Bellinger; 11-27-2009 at 12:23 AM.

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    steve i cant make one let alone two,, and i also see no flaws in them and yes we and youincluded are our worst critics.. you have gotten good marks from 4 great spinny guys and we know that they are picky folk so next time your bored just grab some really neat wood and try another, the kits make the pens sometimes and your are good looking to me..
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    One thing I have learned selling my work is that people who don't turn see design and either like or don't like. They don't see the work involved the way we do and so don't find fault in it. Whilst this is no excuse for shoddy workmanship we need to remember that if we are making for other people we don't have to be quite so picky about things. Yes your pens are plain. What's wrong with plain. You are making writing implements not pieces for a gallery. If you spend the time to enhance and make them really gorgeous you would have to charge more and possibly no-one would buy them....or be afraid to use them. Are they fit for purpose? Yes. Are they turned well? Yes. Are they finished well? Yes. What more can you ask from a pen. The main attraction to the Doc will be that you have actually made something for him. That alone makes them special to him. Unles he's a grumpy old git in which case give them to someone else

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete MoncrieffJury View Post
    What's wrong with plain. You are making writing implements not pieces for a gallery.
    I'm with Pete. I think a well executed simple design beats something 'fancy' any day of the week. I've made a few kits with the rubber writing grip, and while it wasn't my favorite kit, the person who got it (and requested the kit) loved it.

    Those are some nice looking pens and I think you did a good job on them...
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    aint a darn thing wrong with either of those. Nothing at all.

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