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    A bunch of pens (first post... hope it works)

    Folks, I've been lurking for a while, but thought I'd post some pics of recent pen projects.

    The burls for these 3 Executive pens are (bottom to top):Madrone, Amboyna, Black Ash.
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    These Polaris pens are (bottom to top): Corian (I don't know the pattern name), Redwood Burl, East Indian Rosewood, blue & gold stabilized Boxelder burl, and Cocobolo.
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    Those have been around a while.

    The two Majestics are my most recent projects; first two of that type that I've made. The first is curly koa,
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    and the second is amboyna burl.
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    Comments/suggestions welcome.
    Last edited by Dave Minnich; 05-04-2011 at 06:02 AM.
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    Those are beautiful, Dave. I'm glad you came out of hiding! Welcome
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    I like them all. Nice job

    Welcome Dave !!!
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    Welcome Dave! I'm not posting pens anymore
    Nice job and hope to see more!
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    nice batch of pens!!!
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    Fine work on the pens.
    Keep posting, you could be a valuable contributor here.
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    All nice but my favorite is the curly koa

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    A great looking group of Writing Instruments Dave.
    Excellent Form, Fit and finish along with a nice choice of plating's complement the timbers.
    Well done.
    What is your finishing process and material application?

    Les
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    A bunch of pens (first post... hope it works)

    Beautifull work,
    May God Bless
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    Thanks for the comments, folks.

    @Tom, yeah, I'm kind of partial to the koa myself.

    @Les, my basic prep is always the same. Unless there's significant shaping to do (as in, I'm worried about tearout and decide to sand to shape rather than use a tool), then I start with 220 grit sandpaper, then a couple of grits of Mirlon abrasive pads, and finish with micro mesh through 12000. I've seen some folks suggesting no need to progress with the micro mesh that high, but I like the results. The finishes represented in the photos vary... the corian was polished with 1-step plastic polish. The Morado Polaris was was one of the first pens I ever made, and I used a friction polish with far too much wax and far too little laquer. The rest are a BLO and CA finish, typically 3 coats, but more in the case of the Majestics. Also, the Majestics were topped off with a coat of beeswax and buffed on the mandrel with a soft cloth.
    --dave

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