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  1. #1
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    Dec 2006
    Melbourne, FL

    Pen Secrets - Lotza Pictures

    Here is a Puzzle Pen and box - pieces are from ten Hawaiian woods.

    This Puzzle Pen is special. I'll just say the young Lady it is going to is someone I am, but I know we would all be proud to call a friend. Very well versed in many areas and now a Ph. D. -- Wow!!

    Ken Nelsen is the Grand Master of these inlayed pen kits.

    I am very lucky as when I started this laser stuff 8+ years ago ( I knew nothing about a laser - had never even seen a laser) he coached me via email and phone calls. Most laser stuff that I know I learned from Ken.

    I ended up building a custom rotary fixture timed with the movement of the laser head to be able to cut the laser pen pieces. I'll readily admit I buy most of the inlayed pen kits I use from Ken but some of the simpler or a complex one that catches my eye I will put in way to many hours and cut out myself.

    Ken's the original person behind the Flag Pens and at one time back 5 or 6 years I may have made and sold more than any other individual. Trade secret here -- I have made over 50 Flag Pens. I live in an area with many retired military people with disposable income.

    Ken's latest designs are incredible. Pen turners of the world are lucky to have a resource like Ken available.

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Yorktown, Virginia
    Great looking pen Pete. Kara is a lucky PHD.

  3. #3
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    Aug 2008
    Reno, Nv
    Well done Pete, both in thought and execution!!
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  4. #4
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    Jul 2011
    The Gorge Area, Oregon
    Wow! That is a very clever and cool setup. The end product looks great as well!

  5. #5
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    Apr 2009
    Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
    Looks well done from here.

    Innovation is the process that renews something that already exists and not, as is commonly assumed, the introduction of something new.

  6. #6
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    Dec 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    That is some detailed work. I like the clamps too.
    Chinese Proverb: Man who eats many prunes gets good run for the money.

  7. #7
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    Feb 2012
    St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
    Looking good! I`m gonna hafta do pens one day!

    The other member of Mensa, but not the NRA

    Everyone is a self-made person.

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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    North West Indiana
    Pete, the work you do is beyond belief. The puzzle piece and other laser cut pen blanks are unbelievable. I have turned quite a few and they always make people stop and look twice. I enjoyed seeing your blank holder/turner. Now I want to see a video the process!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    God and family, the rest is icing on the cake. I'm so far behind, I think I'm in first place!


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