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    Need to get Busy

    I guess I need to get busy. I had a call from a lady out of the blue from a museum. She saw one of my pens that I had given a friend. Anyway she said she was so impressed with it she wants at least 36 and maybe more. After we talked she wants some lower, mid and high end pens. She would also like to have them by June 1 before Fathers Day and she said no acrylic. Also the Art Gallery where my turnings are she wants 24 more pens for sale and display. So yesterday the wife had the day off and we headed for Woodcraft in Denver. Walked out with about $400 worth of pens kits (64 kits), pen boxes, and pen blanks hoping to quadruple my money on this go round. I just got the pen kits put away in bins as I had only made about 3 different pens that I made before but now I have about I think 9 different kits. So with bushing, extra tubes, drill bits, etc, etc, etc I decided to get them put away neatly, labeled and where I could easily find them. Better get to work.

    Also walked out with $150 in tools I had been thinking about. A Sorby spiral tool and a 16 tpi hand thread chasers. I am hoping with the thread chaser to thread some of my lidded boxes. Also want to make some threaded wood bolts for threaded wooden knobs that I will turn for my cannister sets instead of just gluing them.
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    Bernie W.

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    Congrats on the commission, Bernie.

    So much for all that free time during retirement, huh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bernie Weishapl View Post
    I guess I need to get busy. I had a call from a lady out of the blue from a museum. She saw one of my pens that I had given a friend. Anyway she said she was so impressed with it she wants at least 36 and maybe more. After we talked she wants some lower, mid and high end pens. She would also like to have them by June 1 before Fathers Day and she said no acrylic. Also the Art Gallery where my turnings are she wants 24 more pens for sale and display. So yesterday the wife had the day off and we headed for Woodcraft in Denver. Walked out with about $400 worth of pens kits (64 kits), pen boxes, and pen blanks hoping to quadruple my money on this go round. I just got the pen kits put away in bins as I had only made about 3 different pens that I made before but now I have about I think 9 different kits. So with bushing, extra tubes, drill bits, etc, etc, etc I decided to get them put away neatly, labeled and where I could easily find them. Better get to work.

    Also walked out with $150 in tools I had been thinking about. A Sorby spiral tool and a 16 tpi hand thread chasers. I am hoping with the thread chaser to thread some of my lidded boxes. Also want to make some threaded wood bolts for threaded wooden knobs that I will turn for my cannister sets instead of just gluing them.
    Bernie great hall and nice problem to have. good luck and we expect lots of pics.

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    Wooo that is when it leaves being a hobby and becomes work. Congrats though. Did you get the full size Sorby texturing tool? I just got the mini one a week ago and it works great. I think the big one would even be better.

    This was my first try with it. just playing on a yoyo that didn't turn out.
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    Yabba Dabba Doo! Get Busy Bernie! And Congratulations!
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    Bernie, which kits did you get? I just made a "click" Wallstreet II pen that I really liked. There are so many kits to choose from. Which is kind of nice to have.

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    Congrats Bernie, that sure is a lot of pens, and being organized is the only way to fly.

    I did 75 pens in one sitting once, that is a lot, I learned to hate them little parts in all them little baggies
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    Thats great Bernie
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    Super commission. Much bigger than anything I have ever had. Congrats.
    What kits do you do?
    Mine are primarily: Europeans, Jr. Gents. and Gents. A few Statesmen, Patriots, Artists pencils and one Emperor. A few sundry others now and then.
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    Congratulations Bernie!! As I don't have any Woodcrafts close anymore (it closed this winter) I primarily use Woodturningz.com and Beartoothwoods.com . They are tremendous people to buy from and turn around time, well ordered for a student Thursday morning, Friday it was in my mailbox at home. Great prices and selections on kits and blanks. Well, will patiently be waiting for the pictures of the finished products!
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