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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Flying Pens

I don't have  nearly as many readers of my ramblings as I would like, but I do think I have some of the best readers in the world. I received an email a couple of days ago reminding me that I haven't posted anything in a few weeks. So I decided that the first thing I had to place on the agenda today was to make a post or two showing that I have been active at something.
I've had a lot going on, both in wood working, and personally. Between all that, I have turned a few pens. The problem with that is that some of them have been flying out the door before I can get a chance to snap photos of them. So let me show you the ones I do have photos of.
I had not planned on doing anything in deer antler after Christmas for a while. However, immediately after making that statement, several people started asking about when I'd be making more deer antler pens. Well, as I heard someone say once, sometimes we do the things we don't want to do, in order to be able to do the things we don't want to do. So, since some people are still wanting deer antler, I got busy turning deer antler.
These six bolt action pens are about half of what I turned. The rest seemed to just disappear off the table before I could make boxes for them, or snap photos.
I had two fifty caliber kits left and decided to do those in antler too. I had several short cutoffs of antler left that were perfect sized for these pens, but not much else. So the popularity of the antler created a means for not allowing those pieces to go to waste.
If any of you remember the story behind the enormous over and shotgun pen I done a while back in deer antler, the one I was told couldn't be done? Well I done two more of them. I made these just to see if I could, or if that first one was just a lucky shot.
These are Compson click pens. They are actually two of a six piece starter package from Penn State. These are the only two I got photos of before they disappeared though. So I guess I need to order more of these when I can.
These two are done in zebra wood cut at a forty five degree angle, and walnut burl.
Here are the last two of the credit card stylus pens I had left two make. These also seem to be popular pens. These are done in cherry burl and oak burl.
I made three more of the buffalo pencils. I liked the ones I've made of these before in burls, so I wanted to go with that. The fact that I love burl so much helped with that decision a tad as well I believe.
These are done in cherry burl, oak burl, and buckeye burl.
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That's what I have to show you in pens. I had a few real nice ones that I wish I had taken photos of before they left. I guess I need to start keeping the camera closer so I can be sure to do that.
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I also want to thank all my readers. The emails and messages I get from you all keep me motivated to keep going.
Remember, any of you can always leave a comment below or contact me at wdwoodworks@yahoo.com 
Since I finally moved into the modern world and got a smart phone, I check my emails daily. 

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