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Gerrybhoy24/08/2015 18:55:59
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Who told me pen turning was addictive?

You were right!!!! teeth 2

1 Bullet twist pen, with an HDPE casing, 1 slimline pen completely in HDPE & 1 slimline pen in Cedar of Lebanon.

Been playing around with HDPE a lot recently and have loads of pen blanks sized up and ready to use, so expect to see many more.

The cedar of Lebanon was great to turn. Cuts as easily as a softwood, and has a nice aroma - I'm sure I got a hint of lemon through it, or maybe that's just SWMBO's candles!!!!

As always, comments & critique very welcome (although I know I still need to sort out the finishing).

3 pens3 pens 2

Derek Lane24/08/2015 19:36:39
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Not tried HDPE as I have been playing with casting my own from Polyester. I like the shape of the first two but the Cedar one is just a little on the fat side for my personal taste. I know that some people like thicker pens.

Gerrybhoy24/08/2015 19:48:34
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Poly casting is something I'm thinking of trying next.

HDPE can be a bit of a pain, purely due to the temperature to melt it & the time it takes to get a bubble-free block. Other then that it's really good to turn.

The Cedar one is a little fatter than I'd usually make, was just curious about how it'd feel to use with a bit more meat on it. Turns out it's not too bad at all

Derek Lane24/08/2015 21:24:11
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THIS was the last casting that I turned still have three more to turn from the last batch see below the pen came from the block

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Gerrybhoy24/08/2015 21:43:18
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Definitely gives a better look than mine. lol

Steve J W06/09/2015 12:34:03
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i have thought about getting a pen kit i like the idea of collecting knarled bits of wood to make my own blanks,

Gerrybhoy06/09/2015 12:44:08
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It's definitely a great way to use up any off-cuts that would otherwise not have any real use Steve.

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