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Thread: Mailed my swap items out today!

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    Mailed my swap items out today!

    Well, we have had amazing winds the past couple of days. Constant winds of 30 plus mph, gusts of over 50 mph. Anyway, Thursday morning my mailbox was gone ! Evidently the daggone termites that got into one of my wood stashes also chewed the interior of my mailbox post! At least I get to replace it now instead of after a blowing and drifting snow and the ground is frozen!!! Anyway, I cannot find the beginning picture to show the raw product but you probably will get the idea of what it looked like from the photos of the created items. Completed and mailed (thanks to my wife who mailed it this morning while I sharpened some chainsaw chains).
    Here are my humble products produced for this swap and I must thank the person behind this swap, Toni! Thanks for doing this and it has been fun to see all of the creations and good humor shared by all.

    I really like turning closed end pens even though I don't have one on my own desk yet! I have a salesman sample of different counter top colors I use for the base to glue the deer antler to. Drill a series of holes to make the hole tapered so the nib fits in nicely and keeps the pen at the correct angle.
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    Here is the pen laying on the table to see the overall look of the pen from end to end.
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    I wanted to make my swap project from one deer antler (one side) and thus I had enough from this rack to turn a bolt action pen also.
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    Just another cell phone picture of this bolt action pen.
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    Well, that is what was sent out. Here's hoping the recipient likes them.
    Jon

    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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    Great looking pieces Jon! We had those same winds go through, 30 mph average, up to 60 mph gusts a few days earlier.
    Darren

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    Great job, Jon. I can attest to how nice your antler pens are.

    I got my swap project mailed out today, too.
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    Please trust me, the pens are nicer than the photos!
    Jon

    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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    John, they look great in the pictures, I bet they are awesome in real life.

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    Way cool looking for sure. They will be treasured.

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    Great looking pens, Jon. Antler is my favorite.

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    Fantastic Job Mr. Shively!
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    Excellent goodies, Jon!!!
    Bill Arnold
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    Good looking pens Jonathan. I came across a couple pieces of antler I've had in a drawer recently. Thinking of finding a kit for them. I've only turned antler once and the smell can be overwhelming.
    It's not what you achieve in life...It's what you overcome!

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