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Bethlehem Olivewood

Heres the pens I made with the olivewood blanks I was asking question about yesterday. These are the exhibition quality blanks from PSI. They are really cool looking but I dunno that I would call them exhibition quality. The recipients loved them and I recieved several orders from others that were there!!

This one is a Black Titanium/Titanium Gold Hybrid Cigar...



This one is a Black Titanium/Titanium Gold Elegant Sierra...



Here they are together. The idea was to create a his and hers set. I know the black titanium looks different from one pen to the next in this pic but the platings are identical.


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looks like they turned out all right in the end
you say I dunno that I would call them exhibition quality.
what would you call them
they must be good wood if they made it through the nuking prose's
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looks like they turned out all right in the end
you say I dunno that I would call them exhibition quality.
what would you call them
they must be good wood if they made it through the nuking prose's
The cigar pen has some really cool grain. Its probably borderline exhibition quality. The blank I used for the other pen looks like all other olive wood I have seen in the past. I havnt worked with the stuff before so maybe I'm wrong. I doubt I'll be buying exhibition quality blanks anymore. Those blanks were $5 a piece. Regular Bethlehem Olivewood blanks are $3 and olivewood not certified from Bethlehem is about $1.50. I guess I just expect $5 blanks to be extra special.

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The grain in the cigar pen is very nice. The Sierra is not bad either. I've gotten olivewood that had very little darker grain it, so what you have there is "higher quality" than some of what's available.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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it looks like they charged you for certified blanks from Bethlehem and not
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looks like you are not happy about exhibition blanks i wouldn't be eider especially having to dry them

i am no pen man but these look nice to me
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Very nice pens. I love the Bare kits. I really like the grain in the cigar and as Sawdust said the other one is nice also. I'm thinking the short blank wasn't your friend in this case because it might have taken away from the blank. I find sometimes it works better and sometimes not.

I'm not crazy about exhibition grade blanks either I don't see a whole lot of difference most of the time. occasionally I will get a blank that is not that great but the one or two like that don't cost as much as the extra I would have to pay for exhibition grade on all the other stuff. I refuse to pay that extra cost.
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I recieved several more orders today for pens made from this wood. I'm going to place another order from PSI and not pay for exhibition grade and take my chance's. The same money to buy 6 exhibition grade, buys 15 regular grade with the same certification. The fact that this wood comes from Israel and the history behind it seems to be what everyone was asking about. No one mentioned that they had really cool grain, lol.

I love Barea too. I havnt ventured away from them since I started this whole turning thing back in Dec. I like that if I get an order for something that I dont have on hand, I can run up to the local Woodcraft and pick it up, allthough Woodcraft has a huge mark up on them, some kits such as the Elegant Sierra, nearly 100%. $11.00 ordered from Berea, $21.50 picked up at Woodcraft

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Wow that's a ridiculous markup.

What finish you using.
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Those are very nice. Congrats on getting some orders. I turning some of that now for a pen. I bought mine from Exotic Blanks. I got BOW & JOW from them. They were $5.95 a blank.

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Bass, here are some other sites for turning blanks (not necessarily Olivewood) that I've got some stuff from.

http://www.woodworkerssource.com/turning_stock.html
http://www.turningblanks.net/servlet/StoreFront
http://www.westpennhardwoods.com/index.php
http://www.amazonexotichardwoods.com.../Specials.html

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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There is a difference in quaslity. The ones you got look like a burl because of the grain pattern. You will not get that in the lesser priced ones. Also looks like the color is deeper too.

I just bought some from Monty http://woodenwonderstx.com/ZC_Wooden...=index&cPath=4

I love the 7/8" burl blanks and they come with certificate if that means anything to you. They do have some lesser grade and he has a sale on them.

Nice set of pens and I always love that wood. Some big name pen companies charge a pretty penny for pens with that wood on it.

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RR, both of these have a CA finish. I really need to explore other finishes. I'm happy with CA for pens and I get lots of question about the finish. Seems folks really like that high polish shine. I just started making bottle stoppers though and some of the details are really hard to get into and polish with micro mesh.

Thanks for all the links guys. I'll explore those before I place my next order.

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Don't have much to add, Bass.
Just wanted to say beautiful workmanship.

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