Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: North of Boston
My pup does like jumping up and catching the chips as I turn, so maybe I should start following her around. Didn't think of that!
As for the pens, I've turned three so far. One did crack a little, but I used a little CA at the end and positioned the clip just perfect to hide it. One pen went to my Brother in law as a law school graduation gift, then the other two sold. They sold for 100.00 each (Not a typo) to executive level types. THAT made it worth turning and buying! I believe my final price on the wood was 375. Now the only issue is the fact that I'll never be able to turn enough pens to use up the wood. I'll have it for a while. Considering a couple other projects with it, including a steering wheel knob as a drive a stick. May also cut up some of it and sell it on the bay.
For anyone interested, here's a little write up I found online about the wood:
The name "snake wood" was clearly inspired by the snakeskin-like markings that decorate this exotic wood. Known technically as piratinera guianensis, snake wood comes from a small, relatively rare tree found in the forests of Central and South America. Initially deep red in color, snake wood changes its stripes (so to speak) upon being exposed to air, which makes the wood eventually turn reddish brown. An extremely dense hardwood, snake wood can be somewhat challenging to work with. It splits fairly easily and tends to be splintery. The bright side is that snake wood turns well and polishes beautifully.