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BillW01/04/2011 14:24:29
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It's time to make myself a pen.
It's Hawthorn.
Should I have the dark wood at the clip or nib end OR should I take two dark ends for the top and bottom of the pen.
 
Bill.
dennis wake01/04/2011 17:31:53
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hi Bill
at the end of the day only you can make that decision. my thoughts are that they look better when the grain flows from one end to the other matching the grain flow.
good luck and show use the end pen wont you.
dennis
Alan T.01/04/2011 19:12:28
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Hi Bill, Whichever you choose I'm sure it will be fine. Never used or even seen hawthorn wood before so will be interested in the finished article when complete. Which finish do you plan on using? Wait with interest. Cheers Alan T.
paul johnson 201/04/2011 19:27:35
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The pen bug must be in the air look forward to the pic's Bill, I will have to do some re search on it and maybe have a go myself.
 
Paul..
BillW01/04/2011 20:03:31
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Dennis, my soul tells me to make the pen from the same piece.
 
Alan I have a picture in my album of a pen made from the same branch I chopped off last year, are you ready for this ............ the tree has just been felled and I have been given it along with some flowering cherry.
I will give it two coats of sanding sealer and then carnauba wax.
 
Have a look in the how-to's Paul.
 
Bill.
Derek Lane03/04/2011 14:59:52
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Bill you probably have already turned this pen but I like to use one piece of wood cut in half then when assembled the grain matches. Looks a little more professional even if it is only for yourself as you probably will show it to other people.
Alan T.03/04/2011 17:05:01
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Hi Bill, Looked in your album, The hawthorn goes very well with the dark fittings.Cheers Alan T.
BillW03/04/2011 23:43:37
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Derek, it was very tempting seeing the beauty of the wood but I will go with convention, no I have not started on it yet, been to busy this weekend, maybe during the week.
 
Alan, the black fittings reminded me of the thorns on Hawthorn.
 
Bill.
Doug05/04/2011 09:06:30
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Hows your pen going Bill?
 
My preference would be dark at the nimb, with the grain running all the way up the pen, but each to their own.
 
 
Cheers.
 
 
 
Baz.
Wolfie05/04/2011 15:43:03
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Hi Bill, I don't suppose that it will really matter what way round it goes. I like the one you have in your album. well done
 
cheers Ian
Simon Reeves06/04/2011 13:12:48
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I agree with Derek - it always looks more professional if you align the grain. Same applies to making other items as well I think - align/match the grain, align visible screws etc. Just shows you have put the effort in.
 
Have you tried making an end grain pen? I made some pen blanks from a cocobolo bowl blank that had split. The end result had a really striking pattern to it (no photo unfortunately), but it was an absolute nightmare to turn, with really hard end grain whizzing round at a rate of knots. It needed a REALLY light touch and I was always afraid it would disintegrate.
 
Simon
BillW08/04/2011 15:31:25
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Thanks everyone for your input, I decided to go with convention.
This pen nearly ended up on Dennis's disaster table twice, when drilling the dark end the drill wandered off centre, there was only just enough wood left to turn to size, then I just couldn't get the finish I wanted, ended up sanding again and re-waxing.
 

To cap it all I couldn't get the photo right, second time around the computer didn't want to recognise the memory card, theses things are sent to try us, have I not had enough trying already.
 
Bill.
paul johnson 208/04/2011 19:47:16
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very nice pen indeed their Bill i think you got to grips with making them now well done.
 
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dennis wake08/04/2011 20:01:24
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hi Bill
very nice pen if i say so my self. you have definitely got the hang of it .
dennis
dennis wake08/04/2011 22:35:39
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hi All
just thought that i would share with you all a pen that my better half has just finished. it is made from beads. ( yes i know it is a woodwork site) but just on the subject of pens.
 

dennis

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