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Spalted Sweet Gum Crotch

I picked up some incredible sweet gum blanks from member bikeshooter last week. This was one of the more spalted of the blanks and I was dying to turn it. It really needed to be stabelized but a little CA made it turnable. I'll stabelize the others before I turn them. I have some with red or orange spalt lines as well. They are equally as cool.

Did I mention this is also the first pen I have ever turned between centers!?! No mandrel and no bushings. Just a 60* dead center and a 60* live center. One barrel at a time with a pair of calipers so the ends are sized to the parts, not a bushing. Its a bit more time consuming but makes for a much nicer fit and finish in the end.

Finished with CA and polished to 12,000.

Sorry about the blurry pic. It looked great untill I put it on the puter. You can still see all the craziness in this beautiful wood!!


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Looks nice BB.
That is some crazy looking wood. Keep 'em coming.
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Very nice looking piece of wood.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Looks nice BB.
That is some crazy looking wood. Keep 'em coming.
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Hey firehawk, I'm a forstner bit extension and a dry blank away from fireing up your tutorial and trying some peppermills!! Got lots of cool blanks, there just all green, lol.

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How did you drill them after you turned it?
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How did you drill them after you turned it?
I didnt, I drilled it before I turned it.

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I didnt, I drilled it before I turned it.
Righty-O. That makes sense. It looks great.

As far as the pic goes, it looks like your camera decided to focus in on the blank instead of the pin.
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Righty-O. That makes sense. It looks great.

As far as the pic goes, it looks like your camera decided to focus in on the blank instead of the pin.
Yeah, my wife has this fancy Nikon D90. She wanted to learn photography but life got in the way. She's learning but much slower than she wants. I decided to play with it for pen photos and its just way above my knowledge of photography equipment. Everytime I take a pic that looks great on the screen, its actually blurry when I load it to the computer. She can take really good pics with it but she is less than 5 days away from having our new baby so I cant ask her to go down to the basement where my photo box is set up to take a pic for me. I have a little cheapo Sony Cybershot that takes good pics when mounted to a tripod so I may go back to that for pens.

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Ya got 2 "Oh Wow's" from me and my wife. Beautiful work and thanks for posting the pic.

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wow man thats what gum looks like. nice work
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Ya got 2 "Oh Wow's" from me and my wife. Beautiful work and thanks for posting the pic.
Thank you!! Your blank is the highlight here not my craftsmanship. Being my first pen turned between centers theres a couple of minor flaws that arnt really noticable in the pic. The wood however is incredible. I cant wait to get some of them stabelized, especially the orange spalted ones. They are going to make some beautiful pens!!! Again, thank you so much for sharing such beautiful wood with me.

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wow man thats what gum looks like. nice work
I dunno, its the first time I have ever worked with it. Its definately what bikeshooters sweet gum looks like!! I have a ton of these blanks, some just spalted and some just crotch and some spalted crotch like this one. They are all really cool!!

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That's beautimous ... and great job on your first between-centers pen

I might have to get a dead center and try that myself.

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That's beautimous ... and great job on your first between-centers pen

I might have to get a dead center and try that myself.
I was having a problem with the barrels not matching the pen parts when just turning to the bushings. This way works so much better for fit and finish but its kind of hard for me to see what the pen is going to look like when only having one barrel mounted to the lathe. I think I'm going to go back to the mandrel and bushings and just use it as a guide to get close and then go between centers for the final shaping and finishing. It was definately nicer for finishing with CA. No fighting glued bushings!! Oh, I got my dead center from Grizzly for 6 bucks. Its only HSS but I'm using it to spin pen barrels so I dont know why I would need anything more.

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Thanks for pointing me to Grizzly for the dead center.

I've started playing with fountain pens and rollerballs, the cap and the barrel generally have different diameters which I feel makes it less valuable to have both mounted at the same time. And the single barrel pens (Mesa/Sierra/Wall Street) are ideally suited to this method.

Slimlines (and my variation on slimline with no center band) I think I'd still make on the mandrel.

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outstanding bass, really nice looking pen and congrats on the feature new child
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