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Candy dish and bolt action pens

 

For my latest bowl I used ash wood and played around with a UFO shape. the size and design remind me of a candy bowl so that’s how I decided to present it. As it is the week before Christmas at the time of writing, I’m guessing this will be the last bowl of 2019. It is still available for purchase should anyone be interested… the m&m’s are already gone I’m afraid.

As for the pens I’ve wanted to make some bolt action types, but until recently I could only find ones with a bullet shaped tip. As I’m not a hunter, these didn’t speak to me so I waited until more kits were available.

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Segmented pens

I’m really enjoying working on segmented pens lately. They provide that something extra that really makes the pen stand out.

I’ve finished two of these lately one with oak and wengé used in a straight and one which started life as an olive wood blank and was cut at a 45° miter for some accent segments.

the hardest part about this is selecting the wood species with regards to grain density. For instance the oak has a pretty coarse grain and the wengé a very fine grain.

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With a bit of panache

This was my first pen using a panache pen kit. I have been wanting to make one for some time and I finally found a reseller of the kits.

It’s made from oak with a CA glue finish and I just love the feel of this pen.
It has a bit more weight to it, but it’s very comfortable to hold.

Since it has large flat ends it can stand upright on either end.
In fact since there is no clip it’s easiest to stand it on end or it might roll away.

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Laser engraved pen

When I started posting my pens on Facebook, someone asked if they could be engraved as well. He was interested in having some of these pens made for a new company he started.

It took me a while to find a store in the neighborhood that could do this sort of work, but I finally found one. I sent off the thickest pen I had to be sure the logo would be visible.

After a few weeks of anticipation, I received a call from the store informing me the engraving was done. And the result can be admired below.

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Wooden pens

I started woodworking in january 2014 with woodcarving classes. In the same classes some guys where creating simple projects on the lathe  which caught my eye. soon after I bought myself a small lathe and started making sawdust. These pens are amongst the first projects I finished (and liked) on the benchtop lathe.

 

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