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Yea but can you make square pens?

Well I guess you could and it wouldn't keep rolling off of the desk. You pen turners almost have me wanting to try some but not right now.

This is hackberry square bowl 5" square 2 1/4 tall.

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Yea but can you make square pens?

Now that's funny !!!

Love to see the turning tool they come up with for that one!

Tim.........Your bowl is Beautifull!

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I must admit I thought about heading out to the shop and putting together a slimline on unturned blanks But then I'd have to take it back apart.

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Nice bowl! Hackberry is starting to grow on me. Especially with all that spalt in it! ... and because I have tons of it growing in my yard! :D
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I'll make you a square pen if you agree to buy it!!

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Maybe we can arrange a trade.

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Square Pen

Well, almost square!
This is the first and only square pen I have created, but probably won't be the last.

This pen was created from an old Heaven Hill charred white Oak whiskey barrel end cap. I just like to experiment on different woods.

As always, Constructive criticizem accepted
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I really like the concept, and this looks great.

My concern is how it would look with the nib extended -- I'd want the barrel to line up with the nib both in and out.

If the propelling action takes a turn that's a multiple of 90 degrees, I'd be happy with a square barrel (or octagonal). If it's a 60 or 120 degree action, I think I'd rather go with triangular or hexagonal.

My other thought was to round the barrel at the center, so it would be less visible if the flats didn't line up perfectly.

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Well, almost square!
This is the first and only square pen I have created, but probably won't be the last.

This pen was created from an old Heaven Hill charred white Oak whiskey barrel end cap. I just like to experiment on different woods.

As always, Constructive criticizem accepted

That's the way to do it...experiment! Nice pen!

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You're right about the square part not lining up when extended, and yes rounding the center part is a great idea. Thanks for the advice.

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I knew I had responded to this challenge when it first was brought up, but I realized I created a new thread: http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f6/ch...are-pen-16015/

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Well, almost square!
This is the first and only square pen I have created, but probably won't be the last.

This pen was created from an old Heaven Hill charred white Oak whiskey barrel end cap. I just like to experiment on different woods.

As always, Constructive criticizem accepted
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I really like the concept, and this looks great.

My concern is how it would look with the nib extended -- I'd want the barrel to line up with the nib both in and out.

If the propelling action takes a turn that's a multiple of 90 degrees, I'd be happy with a square barrel (or octagonal). If it's a 60 or 120 degree action, I think I'd rather go with triangular or hexagonal.

My other thought was to round the barrel at the center, so it would be less visible if the flats didn't line up perfectly.

While that one has alignment problems a quick solution is to make it a click pen instead of a twist. I don't have any click pen kits around to make one but it would solve the alignment problems.

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The Spalted hackberry bowl is Awsome looking. I've not tried a square bowl before but it looks fun. The pen is very different too. Great work.
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The bowl is gorgeous.

Honestly, I think the pen would be uncomfortable to write with for any length of time.

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Beautiful bowl!

And rockin' square pen!

Now I'm off to see what Mr. Voight did...

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A friend of mine used to have a small display with pens in several stages of completion to show potential buyers what went into making the pens they hopefully wold buy from him. without fail the display with totally square barrels would draw many offers to buy it at every show. Then he made several pens with the square barrels to actually sell and nobody asked anymore!

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Another Square Pen

Here;s one square with the center and ends rounded and showing extended nib also. Just experimenting with a quick turning and some CA.
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