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    Some Mother's Day Pens

    Hello All:

    I turned pens for all of the Mom's in my life.

    The left hand pen and tray went to my Mom. It's a Woodcraft Executive Pen in Purpleheart. It's a twin to a pen I made for my daughter.

    The center pen went to LOML. Its' a Woodcraft Slimline in a red acrylic. We bought the makings for LOML's pen together some time ago and she was going to make it herself. She has not had the time/interest so I made it for her (with her blessing).

    The right hand pen went to my Mother in Law. It's a Woodcraft Executive Pen in Dunnowood (I dunno where I got the blank and dunno what type of wood it was).

    I made the pen trays out of some interesting scrap I had laying around. I was tight on time so I didn't quite sand out the burn marks at the end of the grooves (LOL).

    I'm in flight on 2 Father's Day pens. I'm 1 for 3 on turning some spalted pen blanks. If I don't have a success soon they are not going to be made from the same wood.

    Cheers

    Jim
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Mattheiss View Post
    Hello All:

    I turned pens for all of the Mom's in my life.

    The left hand pen and tray went to my Mom. It's a Woodcraft Executive Pen in Purpleheart. It's a twin to a pen I made for my daughter.
    So is she left handed..
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    Nice pins, I am really getting the fever.

    I am sure they loved them.
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    All three look very nice, Jim.
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    Nice looking pens Jim. I bet all the Mom's were pretty pleased.

    I have a few spalted blanks but haven't tried to turn them yet.
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    nice looking pens for some specail ladies,,and bob what keeping you from gettun yours done
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    nice looking pens for some specail ladies,,and bob what keeping you from gettun yours done

    Too busy screwing up and having to repair all my flatwork projects Larry
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    Jim, very nice pens and trays!!! I am sure all who got them appreciated them!! I also made a pen for my mom. Made from the sounding board of a scrapped baby grand piano. My mom plays piano and organ so she was excited to finally have a baby grand!
    On the spalted wood, what I do for my students and myself is turn the pen blank round, then take it off of the mandrel and cover it with thin CA glue. Let dry or spray with activator, no problem, holds them together, oh I use a skew generally after this process for some reason, but think it also makes the pen more durable for its useful life as the material isn't as fragile! Hope this helps, good luck.
    Jon

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    All very fine, I'm sure they will be appreciated.

    BTW, how do you make a left handed pen?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    BTW, how do you make a left handed pen?
    Turn the lathe upside down? Work off of the other side? Put a twist in the belt?
    Jon

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