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two pens - bloodwood, rosewood burl

After trying my hand at a couple of the laser-cut inlay kit pens I've gone back to "regular" wooden blanks ... though IMO Honduran Rosewood Burl is far from ordinary

The Bloodwood is my wife's favourite, having nudged out the Purpleheart pen I made a few months ago.

Both pens are made using Slimline kits. I threw away the center bands and made top and bottom barrels a little longer to compensate.
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The burl is amazing. I like the unbroken-line look. I will have to try that sometime. Do you do anything between the halves to keep the twist from binding? Wax the ends or something?
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Thanks. The burl can have voids and "fault-lines" so I take it very slow and drizzle CA on anything that looks like it could tear out. Luckily it is quite easy to disguise mistakes with a few shavings and more CA because the pattern is so wild a little irregularity fits right in.

There's always some CA on the ends of the barrels, I just sand it through 600 grit to make sure it's really smooth.

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Your pens are very nice looking.I have one question?What is CA?Mack
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They both look fantastic. You've done a great job on both. Thanks for sharing these, they are definitely an inspiration

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Your pens are very nice looking.I have one question?What is CA?Mack
Thanks.

CA is cyanoacrylate -- a.k.a. Super Glue.

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Your pens are very nice looking.I have one question?What is CA?Mack
CA is instant glue that is used for glueing your tubes in or filling voids or finishing your pens. It comes in Thin,Medium,and Thick. I use the thin to finish my pens with and Medium to glue the tubes in. It works great. You can get it at woodcraft,hobby lobby, pennstate ind., CSUSA, and alot of other places.
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They both look fantastic. You've done a great job on both. Thanks for sharing these, they are definitely an inspiration
Thanks Ken -- I can never get my head round the idea that stuff I make could inspire somebody, it's the highest compliment I can think of

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Nice work! I have tried doing CA for a finish 3 times now, and 3 times I have failed! I will keep trying and hopefully understand it one day!

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Well, get your head wrapped around it. Everyone on this forum has something inpiring to offer to me. You are no different. I love these pens. Up to now, I've only ever turned pens in maple, cocobolo, zebrawood, rosewood, purple heart and chechen. This blood wood and rosewood burl really make me want to try something a little more spectacular. I guess my goal now is to turn pens to match your calibur of work. You never know who you will influence or inspire throughout your life, whether it be positive or negative. Therefore, we need to be aware of our actions on a daily basis. Trust me, your posts on this forum with your positive attitude and your pride in your work are more than a positive influence and a great inspiration to all who view them. Thanks for posting. Looking forward to the next posting of your work.

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Nice work! I have tried doing CA for a finish 3 times now, and 3 times I have failed! I will keep trying and hopefully understand it one day!
Thanks. The first time I tried CA it worked beautifully ... it was the next 3 times that drove me bonkers

In response to a question here, a lot of people gave me advice, but much of it was contradictory and so I just tried the different suggestions till I found a way that works for me.

Usually, that is -- there seem to be some types of wood that simply don't take it without a fight. I think Katalox and Cocobolo are the ones that I simply gave up on and used the old fashioned Hut friction wax.

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Thanks Ken -- I appreciate what you wrote, and agree 100% that we might all do better to be mindful of how what we do and say impacts others.

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This blood wood and rosewood burl really make me want to try something a little more spectacular.
I bought this Rosewood blank from Logs to Lumber Exotics. I first heard of them when a friend asked me to make him a pen to match the custom handle scales on a display hunting knife. HERE'S A LINK to their eBay listings for Rosewood ... I like the "Burl Eye" more than the "swirly", the 5/8" x 5" blanks are fine for the pens I normally make.

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Beautiful pens!

I really like the "all-wood" look.

Nicely inovated, and thanks for sharing!

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Beautiful pens!

I really like the "all-wood" look.

Nicely inovated, and thanks for sharing!

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They both look great i am going to have to try making one with out the center ring myself i really like the way it looks like that. What is your way that you do a ca finish i have heard it but never tryed it. I would think that it would dry to fast and which one do you use thin mideum thick or the gel
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They both look great i am going to have to try making one with out the center ring myself i really like the way it looks like that. What is your way that you do a ca finish i have heard it but never tryed it. I would think that it would dry to fast and which one do you use thin mideum thick or the gel
Thanks.

I just wrote up how I do a CA finish on THIS THREAD that slicksqueegie started ...

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