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    'nother pen - tulips anyone?

    Posted a pic earlier of my first attempt at doing some inlay. Well silly me decided to do my first inlay on a small scale. The wood is purpleheart and poplar in maple. Overall I am happy with the pen and LOML loves it! Let me know what you think!


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    I'm impressed. I can't seem to get a good inlay on a LARGE scale, and yet you have mastered it on the most intricate level. Almost too pretty to end up in your wife's purse all day.
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    As fine as you did, making one of the best Euros I have ever seen, I wouldn't put that much effort/creativity into a pen that probably will not bring over $40.00-$50.00. I would put it in nothing less than a Jr. Gent and probably up to an Emperor. There you would be looking at $200.00-$300.00 or more.
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    Thanks for the compliments guys! This was an experiment. I have wanted to take a shot at inlay for a while and this seemed like a neat opportunity to try!

    Frank, I do want to step up to the larger pens. I've only been doing these for several months. Do the pens you mentioned really sell at $200~$300??? Don't know if I want to go that direction, but what channels do you use to sell your pens? I know a lot of guys have web sites, but you still need to be able to direct people to them. Craft shows seem to require a lot of dedication too!
    Last edited by Ed Nelson; 07-30-2007 at 01:32 AM.

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    Hey Ed, how are you doing an inlay that tiny on a cylinder that is tapered and ends up being a pen????????? Being the novice that I am, where I a player I would spend big bucks on your pen and have you sign it too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Schaubhut View Post
    Hey Ed, how are you doing an inlay that tiny on a cylinder that is tapered and ends up being a pen????????? Being the novice that I am, where I a player I would spend big bucks on your pen and have you sign it too.
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    Hey Shaz. The pen starts out as a square blank. I did the inlay in 3/4 thickness. The flower is only 1/4" wide. The leaves actually did what I was hoping and flared out a little when I went from square to round. I laminated the 1/4" inlayed piece to a couple other pieces to have a 3/4" blank that was turned to the pen. I saw where some one mentioned that pen turning is like woodworking crack! I think it may be true. I want more and more. It is really fun coming up with something other than just a piece of wood, even though there are some spectacular woods out there!

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    Ed that is a awesome pen. I really like the inlay. Very well done.
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    That's a great looking pen, Ed. Awesome work on the inlay.

    I think Frank's suggestion of doing this on some pricer kits is a good one. Makes sense to have the mechanism be as high quality as the barrel, and with inlay like that, the barrel is definitely high quality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Nelson View Post
    Hey Shaz. The pen starts out as a square blank. I did the inlay in 3/4 thickness. The flower is only 1/4" wide. The leaves actually did what I was hoping and flared out a little when I went from square to round. I laminated the 1/4" inlayed piece to a couple other pieces to have a 3/4" blank that was turned to the pen. I saw where some one mentioned that pen turning is like woodworking crack! I think it may be true. I want more and more. It is really fun coming up with something other than just a piece of wood, even though there are some spectacular woods out there!
    Thanks for the input Ed, that makes it even more fascinating. It really is a great look. I want to see more work coming out of you , you slacker .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Nelson View Post
    Thanks for the compliments guys! This was an experiment. I have wanted to take a shot at inlay for a while and this seemed like a neat opportunity to try!

    Frank, I do want to step up to the larger pens. I've only been doing these for several months. Do the pens you mentioned really sell at $200~$300??? Don't know if I want to go that direction, but what channels do you use to sell your pens? I know a lot of guys have web sites, but you still need to be able to direct people to them. Craft shows seem to require a lot of dedication too!
    All sellers have their own outlet and approach. The pens I have that sell in the $100.00 and up range are in an art gallery. They double what I price the items at. Still, I'll make a fair profit on a price I set and also get flattered when someone pays $100.00 to $200.00 (or more) for one of my pens.
    My comment is based on the fact that the European is a simple, low price, twist style ball-point pen. Mine sell in the $30.00-$45.00 range and I doubt I could ever get more, regardless of how pretty.
    The larger (e.g. Jr. Gent, Gent. and up to Emperor) are often referred to as "power pens". When one is on an executives desk or pulled out at a conference, it is noticed. And, the large pens show off beautiful wood (and inlays ) better than a smaller pen.
    I didn't start selling pens in any respectable numbers until I started making more high-end models.
    My suggestion is: Go for it.
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