Last year on IAP, we had a Collaborative challenge. 50 pen makers paired in 10 groups. Each member had to have a hand in the pen making; make the blank, turn a barrel, finish, assembly and so on. Our pen literally went around the world. After I finished making the blank, I sent it to South Africa so my pal Terry Finny could turn it, he in turn sent it back to the states. My contribution was making the blank. I cast the resin and stabilized some buckeye burl, random elliptical cut and segment with aluminum. At the time, no one had ever done that and since it sucks to get the thing to stick together, only a few have been attempted since!
The pens were displayed at MPEG last month and after the Moore, Oklahoma tornados, most of the teams put their pens up for auction on eBay.
Here is the link for the story on IAP: http://www.penturners.org/forum/f18/...ornado-111179/
and the link for the pen on eBay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Custum-Handc.../190847540560?
For me this was a first on several fronts...the best one being lending a helping hand to those that lost everything.
Thanks for looking!