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    Shrine Wood Pen

    Just to show I do still use my lathe...........

    Attachment 7166

    This is some Red Keyaki that I got from the local Shinto Shrine a while back.

    I have to take three LARGE bags of sawdust to dump in his composter, and I'd like to keep them happy, as this is a great thing for me to be able to get rid of all that sawdust, for free, so I thought a pen from the wood from their property would be good.

    Sorry for the crap pic, cell phone

    The Keyaki is HARD, but with a sharp skew, you can put an almost glass like silky smooth finish on it, then I start sanding at #400 or even #600, saves time and sandpaper.

    Finish is two coats of sanding sealer, at the #400 mark, then #600, after that, two or three coats of thin CA glue, then sand #800, #1000, #1200, and #1500.

    Lastly turners wax and a good buffing.

    The pens come out nice, and the effect of the grain is almost 3D, when you move it around the grain "Dances" if that makes sense.

    Cheers!
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    Nice Pen, Stu, and it's always good to give something back in appreciation.

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    Nice pen Stu! Sounds like some neat wood to work with!

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    Nicely done, Stu. Looks like some very pretty wood. That 3-D effect you're talking about is called chatoyance. It's one of my favorite wood characteristics.
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    Chatoyance eh?

    My new word for the day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Nicely done, Stu. Looks like some very pretty wood. That 3-D effect you're talking about is called (...."chatoyance"....). It's one of my favorite wood characteristics.
    Geez, Vaughn, I didn't even know you could speak "French".

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    Pretty, pretty, pretty pen, Stu. You'll have the Shinto monks (I guess that's what they are called???) arguing over who gets to use the pen, so you'll have to make more.

    A gift made of wood from the recipient is so special--I made pens for my family from the black walnut tree they had to cut down. They really are special.

    We are making pens from reclaimed wood from a ranch in Hawaii -- lots of it has been on the ground for several years, and the pens are awesome. The ranch manager is going to be selling them to his "dudes" who visit. Nice way to take home a piece of vacation---so much better than that plastic Chinese key ring.

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    nice pen stu.......now if you can only figure out how to get them to use it to write you checks for future pens .....tod
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    Pen is a beauty. I really liked turning that wood. Nice job Stu.
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    Now CUT THAT OUT!

    Everyone is making pretty things but me!

    Great job there Stu!

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