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