Pen #12

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 02-11-2019 06:13 AM 494 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of those painted signal boxes. If you ignore the stupid-ass tag in the eyes, it’s a pretty good painting.

So, today was a pretty sucky day in my wanderings around, trying to make a living. I found myownbadself near Woodcraft in Fountain Valley, so, instead of making money today, I spent some. I got two Cigar Pen kits, the bushings for them, and two blanks, specific for the two pens. This one is said to be Spalted Tamarind. I matched it with the “Gold” Cigar Pen, which really brings out the yellow in the wood.

I finished it with YG and HS. I tried, again, to do the CA finish, and, doggone it, it just doesn’t seem to work for me. Now, I will share with you the fact that this pen is, actually, the second #12. The first one, I worked on for a week. I combined three different woods, some forty-two little chips, attempting to make a Herringbone blank. I got the blank made up, and, it looked pretty good. I turned it and finished it (with rattle-can lacquer), then, screwed it up in the assembly. (Where they say that the parts can’t be taken apart, once pressed together, they mean it.) It’s gone, now. No photos. Sorry.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 02-11-2019 06:26 AM

Neat looking pen! My first try with stick pens was a learning experience, had to chip wood of brass tube and tried to sand smooth just to throw it away in the end. Hey at least I’ve got some extra spare parts?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 02-11-2019 07:03 AM

Good choice Mark, love that wood.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#3 posted 02-11-2019 01:48 PM

That is good looking wood, and the pen is, also!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 02-11-2019 01:50 PM

Looks super Mark.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 02-11-2019 03:26 PM

great job buddy looks great,too bad about the other one,ive had my share of those.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#6 posted 02-11-2019 05:52 PM

Stunning color.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#7 posted 02-11-2019 08:29 PM

Hi Mark, Beautiful pen – great job of highlighting that spalting and it still counts as #12 since original #12 was a bust. If you want to be a purist call this one Pen #12.1.

-- Leafherder

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#8 posted 02-11-2019 11:21 PM

Interesting wood, nice job mate.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 02-12-2019 06:31 AM

Great looking pen and wood too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Mark Wilson

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#10 posted 02-12-2019 08:25 AM

Thank you all. And, also, thank you.

John: I actually thought about calling it “12b”, but, I rethunk it, and decided that it would probably be more gracious and humble to simply not call attention to my failure.

-- Mark

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 02-13-2019 02:39 AM

Nice looking pen, Mark!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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woodshaver Tony C

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#12 posted 02-16-2019 02:46 PM

Wow! Super sharp looking pen! Nice work Mark!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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