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  1. #1

    Something Pretty

    I haven't posted in a while but was busy this last weekend.

    The wife asked me to make something "pretty". Any normal 100% red blooded male I know cringes from this word. We don't know how to define this female adjective that seems to encompass every known male word by default and most times we fail to understand the quest.

    This also reminded me why I don't like turning plastic

    The Pen was the challenge and accepted by the requester. The Spalted Maple box is her Xmas present that has a Blue Topaz Necklace. Only two coats of Tru-Oil and needs a few more.

    Not Wood, Pen or Rod Building related but very now and again the wife comes up with these ideas that I canít just find a way out of.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Reno, Nv
    Oh heck yeah!! That's tons of fun Ron! Of course I'm fond of pens and those long tubes are tough!! The lamp...hands down State Fair Champ!! Merry Christmas!!
    Your Respiratory Therapist wears Combat boots

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Yorktown, Virginia
    Pens great, but I'm liking the lamp a lot. Good job!!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Nice box, sweet pen, but the first of the two lamps wins the thread. Very cool, and the various forms blend together into a great combination.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire
    The other stuff is great but the lamps are totally cool
    Faith, Hope & Charity

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    bethel springs TN, but was born and raised in north east PA
    I like the rest think them lamps rock. Great job on all.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    S E Washington State
    I like the pen, great kit and blank, nice job, the box is very nice. The lamp is a neat idea, but wouldn't go in my rustic, worn out furniture decor that I have put together.
    "We the People ......"

  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Thomasville, GA
    Well, Ron, I think you hit "pretty" on the head with both the box and pen!!! They look great!

    Your lamps are interesting, to say the least. I agree with Vaughn about the first of the two being the winner. The more rounded appearance looks better balanced to me.
    Bill Arnold
    Citizen of Texas residing in Georgia.
    NRA Life Member and Member of Mensa
    My Weather Underground station

  9. #9
    Geez guys ... thanks for the nice words especially about her lamps.

    Shape was not a determining factor in this endeavor. Being 1/2 Scott (cheap) my wallet was the determining motivator.

    All the white ceramic plates ect came from the local crap, err thrift stores she frequents.

    Most expensive was the lamp kit at $10 and that was because I couldn't find any lamps for sale that had the brass rod long enough.

    Now she thinks I should make a few more to sell at the local places women frequent to buy decorating items. All told it took me less than an hour to make these. Biggest time was drilling the holes through the ceramic.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
    Maybe you could make some pen stands from those lamps.

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

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