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.
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