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post #21 of 27 Old 01-01-2012, 04:02 PM
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Wow, some beautiful workmanship on show in this thread

I just turned a couple of slimlines, one in paduak and one from the spalted maple that Sawdustfactory shared a while back ... took a lot of CA to hold it together, but I like the end result and will definitely make some more of these.

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I just got a lathe for Christmas and several pen turning kits. Looking forward to contributing my two cents! Thanks for all of the great pictures.
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One my son and I did yesterday and today. Built a closed end mandrel and tried it out for the first time for 7mm tubes. Made it from a warped mandrel I had set aside, cut the flat for the pin then chopped it with a dremel to the right length.
Made the pen from Walnut with a custom PR centerband to suggest a cigar band. Aimed to make it look like one of those slim cigars.
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Son is here and wants a skinny and dull pen not a shiny one and I show him the different options.

Cherry Burl from a shipping pallet and CA finish

100 year old cedar fence post from Montana and no finish

Irish Bog Oak with bloodwood center band with two coats of sanding sealer and buffed with 0000 steel wool to make it dull.
Rhossack, how do you make those single-blank bodies? I love that. Is it a special kit or a technique you use on regular 2-piece kits?
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[QUOTE=JTTHECLOCKMAN;278694]Who doesn't like to show their wares??? Here is a few that I made. Any questions comments or critiquing is always welcomed.












WOW!!!

The above pens are absolutely gorgeous! Would you mind telling me where these kits came from? I havent turned a pen in probably 15 years...but if this is the new technology, I'm jumping back in!!

Again, really elegant!
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WOW!!!

The above pens are absolutely gorgeous! Would you mind telling me where these kits came from? I havent turned a pen in probably 15 years...but if this is the new technology, I'm jumping back in!!

Again, really elegant!
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Looks like Cambridge Hybrids from Berea Hardwoods

They are nice pens but pricey compared to some $30 -$34 depending on style.
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Hello Geo

Thanks for the kind words. Just a word about the pens you picked out. Yes they are Cambridge Hybrids that came from Woodcraft. The kit is Titanium gold and Sterling Silver. These are comsidered a highend kit in the pen making world. The blanks are truestone except for the white one which is a faux casein. They are all rollerballs. At the time I bought these kits Dayacom (original sellers) was unreachable as far as buying their kits and their prices were rediculous. Thus Beara started making these hybrids.

With that said I will never buy these kits again. I found a new player and his prices are alot better and he has done away with that annoying black ring that can not be eliminated because it is part of the threading system. The company is Timberbits. Dave the owner has done this with other pens and will continue to do it with more. He has actually gone to the Tawain companies and had a pen made for him to his specs and cutting out the middleman he is able to offer a better product at a cheaper price. Here is his version of the cambridge and he calls his the Roman Harvest. Same kit but without that black ring and better materials. He has my business from now on.
http://www.timberbits.com/roman-harv...ntain-pen.html

Don't be scared off about shipping from Aus. He is way more efficient and offers free shipping on $200 and up orders so it is a win win situation.

Anyway hope this answers your question. Pen making is fun and when doing highend pens like this it can command a pretty $$$ yes of course you need those special buyers but they are out there. People with disposable income. Just have to find them.

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