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    major surprise, ye never know

    I've been out of town for more than a week. I set the answering machine and today picked up my messages. Major-major surprise waiting for me. A representative of a billion dollar philanthropic institution left a message to call back. After I called and a nice conversation, it turns out she wants my pens in their upscale gift shop. Not only will this be nice business but is super flattering to me. She also wants my duck calls. Now, the concern is, will I be able to keep up with demand. May have to change from my current one-at-a-time to a batch method.
    "Folks is funny critters."

    Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire

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    Great News Frank!

    Congradulations on the sales!
    We create with our hands in wood what our mind sees in thought.
    Disclosure: Formerly was a part-time sales person & instructor at WoodCraft in Buffalo, NY.
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    Congrats Frank! That's a huge compliment! Hope it doesn't take the fun out of turning!

    Out of curiosity....what do you use for finish on your pens?

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    That is super, Frank. Congrats.

    Ken

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Fitzgerald View Post
    Congrats Frank! That's a huge compliment! Hope it doesn't take the fun out of turning!

    Out of curiosity....what do you use for finish on your pens?
    Contrary to what is popular, I don't often use CA, only when I have voids that need filling and stabilizing. My go-to finish is Deft spray laquer. I usually do four coats with no standard waiting time in between. I do sand before susequent applications with the finer grits of Micro Mesh and ALWAYS also sand lengthwise to avoid the dreaded 'rings'. I like my finishes and they are good. But, others do produce some really dazzling finishes with other methods.
    "Folks is funny critters."

    Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire

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    Frank,

    How about you post some pictures of your pens?

    Ken

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    As a proud owner of one of your pens, I can only say that she has good taste.
    "I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a
    friend...if you have one."
    --George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

    "Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second..if there is
    one."
    --Winston Churchill, in response




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    Quote Originally Posted by ken werner View Post
    Frank,

    How about you post some pictures of your pens?

    Ken
    Aw, shucks.
    Well, OK. Here is my personal diamonback rattle snake skin pen. It is in a full sized Gentleman's style with titanium gold plating.
    "Folks is funny critters."

    Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire

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    Wow Frank. All I can say is wow. How did you ever get a rattler to hold still while you turned it?

    Ken

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    Wow, that's great! I'd be flattered as well.

    Wes

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