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My first three pens

Here's my first three pens. These would never have been attempted without reading some great advice and ideas on this forum...





So thanks to all of you for advice and some great and useful postings.

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Excellent work. They look great.
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Very nice but what species are they.
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Very nice but what species are they.
Sorry, shoulda said... First one was oak, then two Irish elm. :)

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I really like the Irish Elm.
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Nice work, Steve!

My brother used to work for the Open University in Bletchley, there was a beautiful old mulberry tree on the lawn outside the old building (can't remember if it was Bletchley Hall or not). I've often wondered how many great bowls and pens that tree would make ...

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I really like the Irish Elm.
Me too. I'm going to have to find some of that stuff. Awesome looking pens.
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duncsuss,

I think the mulberry tree you mean is a Black Mulberry (morus nigra) and is on the lawn next to Walton Hall on the OU campus. It's actually within the Milton Keynes boundaries rather than Bletchley. It's a big old tree!
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Those pens are beautiful! Might I suggest a different finishing option?...The finish looks a bit dull and inconsistent. When I finish my wine bottle stoppers I start with a quick rub of acetone to take the oil out of the wood. I then put one coat of clear shellac on to seal the pores. From this point after the shellac has dried (usually 10-30 minutes depending on the wood), I proceed to apply 3-4 coats of gloss friction polish. ***you can use PSI, Hut, Mylands, ETC...I've had the best results with the Hut and Mylands. Once the friction polish coats are applied (which dry instantly), I finish the piece of with 1 coat of Renessaince Wax (can be purchased from Rockler online). The renessaince wax adds a thin protective layer over the already protective layers of friction polish and shellac. The finish comes out looking like glass! So beautiful! I have yet to dive in to the realm of CA finishing, but I've heard that the results that CA yeilds is far superior to any other finishing method. Especially with pens, because they are going to be touched constantly, so you want a finish that is going to be very resilient. I hope everything works out great for you brother! Love Life; Live Free!
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I think the mulberry tree you mean is a Black Mulberry (morus nigra) and is on the lawn next to Walton Hall on the OU campus. It's actually within the Milton Keynes boundaries rather than Bletchley. It's a big old tree!
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Right on all counts ... it was a long time ago, probably 40 years. I just remembered one other thing from a visit, the Grand Union Canal was at its lowest level since they built it. Somebody had attempted to push a pipe underneath it, but got the angle wrong and punctured the bottom. Ooops.

Glad the mulberry stands

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You are right wood85 the finish I'm achieving IS inconsistent, even though I'm trying to do the CA finish the way others do. I'm not too sure where I'm going wrong. After finishing one pen yesterday in mahogany, there was a light area which looked a bit flaky and I was able to scratch the finish off with my thumbnail!! The whole point of CA was to get a 'glass like' durable finish, and to that end used BLO and CA, but I must be going wrong somewhere. I seem to get best results if I don't apply too much friction and keep the lathe speed fairly low. I'm going to get some shellac and renaissance wax... after reading about it the stuff sounds incredible. So thanks for that suggestion.

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You are right wood85 the finish I'm achieving IS inconsistent, even though I'm trying to do the CA finish the way others do. I'm not too sure where I'm going wrong. After finishing one pen yesterday in mahogany, there was a light area which looked a bit flaky and I was able to scratch the finish off with my thumbnail!! The whole point of CA was to get a 'glass like' durable finish, and to that end used BLO and CA, but I must be going wrong somewhere. I seem to get best results if I don't apply too much friction and keep the lathe speed fairly low. I'm going to get some shellac and renaissance wax... after reading about it the stuff sounds incredible. So thanks for that suggestion.
You're very welcome Chrome. Just a heads up though, I don't claim to be a professional; I just do this stuff for fun...so that's just a suggestion pulled from my own personal experience. I've only turned about 90 bottle stoppers so far, and that is the best finishing method I have discovered without going the CA route. Good luck and I'm glad that I was able to help! Much love!

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I like the Irish. You did great work. Keep it up
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