I wasn't sure where to put this post, there are so many things I'd like to celebrate with it. But it is a pen, so woodturning seemed appropriate.
This pen has a story. My in-laws had an approximately 40 year old maple tree in their front yard that had gone bad. They had it cut down last fall, and, being a woodworker, I requested that they save as much of it as possible for me. I probably filled my full size '77 F100 four times bringing all that wood home from their house. I sealed the ends, stacked it outside my garage, and hoped that someday I'd figure out how to use it.
Then I found Daren's post about drying wood. I did a lot of research, and, with Daren's help, built a small wood drying kiln.
Two weeks ago, I finished the kiln, started sawing some wood from the free pile, and loaded it up. Today, I decided the wood was ready, so I cut out a chunk of that maple tree, and found this pen in it.
I'm pretty excited about it. A year after I started calling myself a woodturner, I've got a free pen!
There's a butt-ton of wood outside my garage, and I can't wait to see what's in it.