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    A Few Pens

    My back finally let me get down and turn a few pens. It's a corker when one's body refuses to co-operate and you have to take painkillers to try and move. My philosophy is never to mix painkillers and power tools. This has allowed me to still have all my fingers operational.

    From left to right, no. 1 is a curly maple Sierra for "Pens for Peacekeepers", no. 2 is a curly maple Mesa that for now is a keeper for me, no. 3 is a Mesa stabilized burl for "Pens for Peacekeepers", no. 4 is a curly maple Sierra which too is a keeper for now, no. 5 is a cocobolo Sierra as a retirement present for the Wife's Doctor and no. 6 is a yellow ribbon Sierra Elegant Beauty as a thank you for serving for my Cousin's son who just returned home from Afghanistan. His younger brother also returned home from Afghanistan 3 weeks early and the entire family is happy to have both of them home without any physical injuries. The mental part we will have to wait and see. The older one was an Engineer with the tank division at Khandahar air base while his brother was a medic at a forward operating base out of Khandahar. I will probably be turning another yellow ribbon for the younger fellow for his service. They have a choice of what woods they prefer to have.

    The pens are all finished by sanding to 400, then sanding sealer, then at least 8 coats of BLO/CA, wet sanded to 12,000, polished with a Hut polish and then a final waxing with Turtle was ICE. The cocobolo was a problem as some of the BLO/CA didn't want to adhere to the wood. I wiped the wood down with acetone and may not have give the acetone enought time to evaporate before starting the CA finish. A resanding, rewiping, waiting a little longer and then proceeding the the BLO/CA finish worked great. Live and learn. All the pens were turned using only a round and square carbide cutters and sanding equipment. Carbide inserts work great when used as a cutter instead of only being used as a scraper.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    Beautiful job on the pens Glen

    When you see your cousins sons please give them a "thank you" from me and my family.
    Faith, Hope & Charity

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Very nice work, Glen. I've not been keeping up with pen kit styles. Who sells the Mesa kit? The yellow ribbon pen is a great idea. How are you doing the inlay?

    And also please forward a tip 'o the hat and a big Thank You to your cousin's sons, too.

    And oh yeah...welcome to the forum.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Welcome to FWW Glen. Really a nice group of pens. Are they all Sierra's? Sure do look like it. I love turning them and they are my best sellers especially the Wall Street II click pens which are Sierra's by a different name.
    Bernie W.

    Retirement: Thats when you return from work one day
    and say, Hi, Honey, Im home forever.

    To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    nice work glen and welcome to the forum, and i too want to thank your family for there military service
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

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    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Southeast Pa
    Some really nice work...I love the inlay..

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Nice to see you here Glen!

    Great pens!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
    All very nicely done Glen!
    I see you are a B2B turner.
    Well done.


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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    S E Washington State
    Very nice pens and thank you to those who served.

    Vaughn, there is a good place to get the ribbon blanks:

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    Woodturningz sell the Mesa, it's a Sierra by a different name with a different style of band on it. The tubes are the same size. The yellow ribbon inlays are done by someone else and you just pruchase the premade wood tube with the inlay already in it. You glue that part onto a Sierra/Mesa tube and turn away - carefully. Its recommended that one uses epoxy to glue the brass tube to the inlay tube. One of the tubes I got was a piece of junk (the yellow inlay appeared brown instead of yellow) and when I contacted Ryan at Woodturningz he replaced the tube immediately so I'm very happy with their service.

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