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I did the same thing and entered an old one but I havnt made anything as cool since and he said send your best pen. FWIW, I think yours is the best in the video!!
 

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Yes and that was one of the pens from that project. This guy said nothing about older pens being used so I entered that one. There were very few rules.

I hope to be able to get back into my shop soon to do a few other pens I have been working on. Not sure many people will know what goes into making a pen such as that one so it will not get many votes but what the heck, I entered.
I was quite impressed with that thread and your pen. I thought more might have entered, I guess I should have entered one of mine.

I would be very surprised if yours does not make the top 10. I should post a few of mine one of these days and see which makes the most popular
 

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I dunno which number it was. 42 maybe? It was a Sierra segmented with aluminum maple and monkey pod.

Looks like this...
 

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Oh yeah liked that one too, there was one or two more with aluminium that I liked, probably a total of about 5 I would have liked to have been able to vote on
 

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I just got an email from Capn Eddie requesting my address for my prize!! Too cool. I dont know where I placed, he just said in the top three. He said the video will be posted soon with the results!! Im stoked, I never win anything. Thank you to any of you that voted for my pen!! This is too cool!!
 

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And heres the results. I placed second and won a box of pen blanks and sand paper!!

 

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Wow, I must say I was really disappointed when I saw the top three. 2 out of the 3 blanks were store bought, not hard at all! Congrats to you though Bass Blaster, I think yours was the best!
Thanks.

I tend to agree with your disappointment. There were pens in that top 10 that I dont think should have been there and maybe even including mine. Mine most definately wasnt top 3. JT's pen in my opinion was the best of all the ones entered. I just dont think people knew what it took to create that blank. The one that placed 5th I also liked better then mine. There was also a watch part pen that didnt even make the top 10. I know the guy who makes those also sells the blanks so maybe it wasnt his pen, just a purchased blank. Hard telling. There should have been more rules but at the same time how would one go about regulating said rules? Im sure there were people who got everyone they knew to vote since anyone could cast a vote. Maybe one of the rules should have been that you had to of entered a pen to cast a vote and you couldnt vote for your own. It was a cool idea, it just could have been better.
 

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... There should have been more rules but at the same time how would one go about regulating said rules? ...
Exactly -- it's the internet, synonymous with "unregulatable".

In the specific case of your pen ... even if you don't believe your pen is better than some of the others that placed behind you, would you agree that it stretched you way beyond anything you'd ever done before?

I think so, and I think that's worthy of recognition.
 

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Thanks.

I tend to agree with your disappointment. There were pens in that top 10 that I dont think should have been there and maybe even including mine. Mine most definately wasnt top 3. JT's pen in my opinion was the best of all the ones entered. I just dont think people knew what it took to create that blank. The one that placed 5th I also liked better then mine. There was also a watch part pen that didnt even make the top 10. I know the guy who makes those also sells the blanks so maybe it wasnt his pen, just a purchased blank. Hard telling. There should have been more rules but at the same time how would one go about regulating said rules? Im sure there were people who got everyone they knew to vote since anyone could cast a vote. Maybe one of the rules should have been that you had to of entered a pen to cast a vote and you couldnt vote for your own. It was a cool idea, it just could have been better.


First of all let me congratulate Dennis on the second place finish. Well deserved. Do not sell yourself short.

Now I will agree with you on a couple things. Most people and that includes seasoned turners do not know how much work goes into make a cool pen blank. I know of yours because I have done that design and the very thing that struck my eye when you first posted was the symatry and getting to layout well within the perameters of the pen kit. Not easy to do. Now how many people noticed that or even knew what it took to do that. I am sure not many.

The thing about the rules could have been better but hard to set things in stone without knowing there were no violations unless you were there. Did the person who won actually made the blank, I do not know but I am thinking they did or at least I am going on that assumption.

With contests like this, if it is judged by the public eye then what your goal is to make that WOW looking pen. The WOW factor plays an enormous roll as it does in other pen turning contests that are judged by our peers. But in those there is alot more knowledge as to the making of some of these blanks.

All in all take the contest for what it was and to me a publicity thing is the way I saw it. I just threw an entry in it for the fun. I really really do not need any more pen blanks so where Eddie gets that idea that every pen turner needs blanks is not true:yes:

Anyway it was fun and again congrats Bassman. Good job.
 

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Exactly -- it's the internet, synonymous with "unregulatable".

In the specific case of your pen ... even if you don't believe your pen is better than some of the others that placed behind you, would you agree that it stretched you way beyond anything you'd ever done before?

I think so, and I think that's worthy of recognition.
Absolutely it did. It stretched me to the point that if I hadnt contacted you and JT and asked questions, it never would have happened, lol. Thanks again!
 

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First of all let me congratulate Dennis on the second place finish. Well deserved. Do not sell yourself short.

Now I will agree with you on a couple things. Most people and that includes seasoned turners do not know how much work goes into make a cool pen blank. I know of yours because I have done that design and the very thing that struck my eye when you first posted was the symatry and getting to layout well within the perameters of the pen kit. Not easy to do. Now how many people noticed that or even knew what it took to do that. I am sure not many.

The thing about the rules could have been better but hard to set things in stone without knowing there were no violations unless you were there. Did the person who won actually made the blank, I do not know but I am thinking they did or at least I am going on that assumption.

With contests like this, if it is judged by the public eye then what your goal is to make that WOW looking pen. The WOW factor plays an enormous roll as it does in other pen turning contests that are judged by our peers. But in those there is alot more knowledge as to the making of some of these blanks.

All in all take the contest for what it was and to me a publicity thing is the way I saw it. I just threw an entry in it for the fun. I really really do not need any more pen blanks so where Eddie gets that idea that every pen turner needs blanks is not true:yes:

Anyway it was fun and again congrats Bassman. Good job.
Yeah I agree!

I also dont "need" anymore pen blanks. I have enough on hand to keep me busy for a couple of years. Maybe hes sending something I dont have?? I cant have too much sand paper though!!
 
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