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    Pens

    Had a lady call late this morning and said she needed a couple of hand made pens. She said a lady told her that I turned pens so wondered if she could get a couple out of some nice wood. I told her I had some redwood burl and really nice walnut so she said she would take one of each. I hit them with BLO with friction and then finished with 5 coats of CA and buffed. Pic's isn't to good but she showed up about the time I finished and was going to take pictures.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Redwood Pen 1.jpg   Redwood Pen 3.jpg   Walnut Pen 1.jpg   Walnut Pen 2.jpg  
    Bernie W.

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    The pens look good Bernie
    I see you *egg* your tubes I was just wondering why?
    It could be worse You could be on fire.
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    Good stuff!

    Nice looking pens, Bernie! I think the finish looks great! Plus, their shapes are egg-celent!

    Hutch

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    Very nice finish on those pens and the pens themselves are knockouts!!!

    Anyone recognize Hutch with the new avatar??
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    Good stuff, Bernie. I really like the looks of the redwood burl.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Thoits View Post
    The pens look good Bernie
    I see you *egg* your tubes I was just wondering why?
    Chuck I have been told they are easier to hold and write with that way.


    Thanks all for your comments. I guess $70 a hour is not bad. I charged her $35 apiece.
    Bernie W.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bernie Weishapl View Post
    Chuck I have been told they are easier to hold and write with that way.
    Oh, my wife does that to some because she says turning straight ones for her is boring.
    It could be worse You could be on fire.
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    Nicely done Bernie!
    Excellent fit and finish.
    What kits did you use?

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    Les those are Woodcraft click pens. I really like them but I found out one thing that the insides of tubes need to be cleaned till they shine. I had trouble with some of the first ones I did but use a pistol cleaning kit with the copper wire brushes to clean the tubes and now have no problems. The tolerances are pretty tight. Even the guy at Woodcraft thanked me for the tip. They are my most popular selling kit from $25 to $35 depending on the wood I use.
    Bernie W.

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    Nice looking pens Bernie. I've made a couple of those "click" pens as well and your right about the fit on them is tight. Good job.

    Man....I wish I was retired....only 15 more years LOL

    Tom

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