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    Marrianne spotted these serving boards at a Homesense store, they are Italian olivewood!

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    they made up into some nice sized blanks

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    then a couple of sierras and a couple of algonquin rollerballs with lots left over for more

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    marvintpa, iamtooler and 5 others like this.
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    steve, sarnia, ont




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    Re: Some new pens from an unusuall wood source

    Innovative! Very nice
    Egon
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    The South Shore, Nova Scotia

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      Re: Some new pens from an unusuall wood source

      Nice grain in the wood and good job on the pens.
      Jamie www.turneddesignsbyjamie.etsy.com

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        Re: Some new pens from an unusuall wood source

        Buying pre cut pen blancks can get very expensive so alternate sources is always a great idea. Koodo's to you Steve for thinking outside the box. Some great looking pens to boot.
        Matt

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          Re: Some new pens from an unusuall wood source

          Originally posted by matt.mackinnon View Post
          Buying pre cut pen blancks can get very expensive so alternate sources is always a great idea. Koodo's to you Steve for thinking outside the box. Some great looking pens to boot.
          pen blanks are crazy prices, ive never bought one
          those two boards were $12 each and yielded 15-20 blanks depending on the pen, sierras use a lot less than the algonquin for example.
          some parts of the boards werent as desirable either, im guessing 10% waste
          they are 11/16 thick, the store had thinner boards too, so you have to watch carefully!
          my shop is a beaver lodge
          steve, sarnia, ont




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            Re: Some new pens from an unusuall wood source

            I have way too many pen blanks that I know I don't ever need to buy any more for at least the next 20 years. Sometimes you can see some good deals but most of the time they are not worth it unless you need a particular piece of wood.

            I have done similar to what you did when Exotic Woods for some reason was clearing out a bunch of Australian Burl cutoffs. When the pen blank sell for the $8-10 each, and you can buy a cutoff piece that even with 40% waste can make 8-10 large size pen blanks for $30, it really does pay to have a bandsaw. In my case, even more so as I got into Belsie's trick of casting, so that 40% waste cuts get put into a mould and now you have a hybrid burl/acrylic blank that they love to sell for even more. Hence why I don't need to get any more pen blanks for the next 20 years..

            Keep turning and photographing as we all love to see what others make.. inspiration to make more ourselves or confirmation that we are not alone in what gives us pleasure.
            Matt

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              Re: Some new pens from an unusuall wood source

              What a great idea. I知 going to shift my focus a bit. Thanks.


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                Re: Some new pens from an unusuall wood source

                What a great idea. I知 going to shift my focus a bit. Thanks.

                BTW... beautiful pens!


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                  Re: Some new pens from an unusuall wood source

                  Originally posted by Astrolabe View Post
                  What a great idea. I知 going to shift my focus a bit. Thanks.

                  BTW... beautiful pens!


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                  one of best things about pens is that almost any scrap can be used.
                  ive used shrubs from our garden that died or got pruned, japanese maple, lilac, apple, and a couple other that i cant remember
                  you need a "log" around 2 1/2 to 3 inches diameter, big enough to cut into quarters

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                    Re: Some new pens from an unusuall wood source

                    I have wondered about that. I have a piece of Hawthorn that is about 2 inches across and 5 inches long. I知 not sure I can 1/4 it to get 4 blanks. I am assuming I should stay away from the pith though?


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                      Re: Some new pens from an unusuall wood source

                      Originally posted by stevem View Post

                      one of best things about pens is that almost any scrap can be used.
                      ive used shrubs from our garden that died or got pruned, japanese maple, lilac, apple, and a couple other that i cant remember
                      you need a "log" around 2 1/2 to 3 inches diameter, big enough to cut into quarters
                      Out of ignorance why does the blank have to be cut into quarters? Could just a small diameter piece of branch be used?
                      Egon
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                      The South Shore, Nova Scotia

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                        Re: Some new pens from an unusuall wood source

                        Good question Egon. I知 not too sure either.


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                          Re: Some new pens from an unusuall wood source

                          With pen blanks you are looking at 3/4" square by 5" or so long wood. Have used small pieces of rhododendron, lilac, wild cherry and wild rose limbs. Like matt.mackinnon a small piece of limb or trunk yields a lot of blanks. Blank quantities mount up real fast.

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                            Re: Some new pens from an unusuall wood source

                            Originally posted by Egon View Post

                            Out of ignorance why does the blank have to be cut into quarters? Could just a small diameter piece of branch be used?
                            i try to avoid the very centre of the "log" even though in a pen it actually gets drilled away
                            my shop is a beaver lodge
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