Write On – Pen Turning

Turning something to write with…

Pink Cigar

Cedar CigarI’ve never been a huge fan of cedar, but I had a copper Cigar pen and thought that it looked good with a single cedar blank that came from a grab bag at Woodcraft. The Cedar cuts easily and turns beautifully, and the great swirl on the pen cap jumped out during turning.I started using Micro Mesh with this pen, which absolutely made a big impact on the overall finish. I took the wood to 400 grit with traditional sandpaper, then to 4000 with Micromesh. The Cedar probably didn’t need to go to 4000, but I was expirimenting with the new abrasive. Finish is three coats of the low lustre PPP polish with four coats of Shellwax friction polish. On top of such fine sanding, the polish really sparkles.

Have fun!

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October 23, 2007 - Posted by | crafts, pen kits, pen turning, woodworking | , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Beauitful! We have some old cedar boards lying around…I think we’ll have to give this a try. We normally use Crystal Coat on our pens. Do you think the Shellwax is much different?

    Comment by Wood Turner | November 17, 2008


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