Write On – Pen Turning

Turning something to write with…

First Fountain Pens

fountain-pens.jpgHere are my first two fountain pens from “Classic” kits from PennState. Top is Rosewood and turned beautifully. It’s got great whirls and figuring in the cap that didn’t quite make it to the photograph.

Middle is White and Black Ebony with very little white grain, but good figuring and a shiny finish. Shellwax on top of three coats of low lustre PPP polish from HUT made this one sing.

The bottom pen is from two IPE Ironwood blanks sent as a bonus from my latest purchase of blanks. They were pre-drilled and cut for 7mm Slimline tubes, so I made a gunmetal Slimline kit. I think it’s one of the prettiest slimline pens that I’ve ever made.

I still need practice getting the tubes just right for the fountain pen caps, as I tend t bring them close to the bushing and they end up just slight on the end. Not yet perfect with those kits.



October 23, 2007 Posted by | crafts, pen kits, pen turning, woodworking | , , , | 1 Comment

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!

October 23, 2007 Posted by | crafts, pen kits, pen turning, woodworking | , , , , , | 1 Comment