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A beginner’s guide to pen making – part 3

embellishments

Now that you know how to make a basic pen, it’s time to discuss how we can add a little extra bling. Personally I like the elegance of a simple design in a pen, but there are many options if you would like to try something different.

side note: these examples are merely to show techniques. they aren’t made to look beautiful and aren’t finished to a high degee. Some pictures will have some dust or paper particles in them.

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Turning segmented birds

My latest youtube video shows how I turn my segmented birds. This certainly wasn’t my idea, I found pictures of this online while researching project ideas.

I immediately fell in love with these little creations and found they’re a great way of using up scraps. The idea is to glue up a blank where the sides and top are of a contrasting wood to the main body. The main body blank should be around twice the thickness of the side/wing pieces. This will ensure that most of the material being turned away while shaping is taken away from the wing parts. It can be a bit hard to imagine what the end product is going to look like, so I will demonstrate with a few diagrams.

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Turning nesting dolls (Matryoshka dolls)

Preparation

Find and prepare a template you like. Print and cut out a template of each doll so it has a quarter of the final shape. The easiest way is to cut out the individual dolls from the full template and glue them to some cardboard. Then cut out half of each doll, so you end up with negative template you can hold to your work piece.

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In case you are planning on carving, the dolls after turning you might want to scale each doll (template) a bit. That will give you more wall thickness so there is material to carve.

Refer to images 1 and 2 for examples of the nesting doll templates. I found this image via a quick google search, but you can easily make your own shapes and templates.

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A year in review – 2019

As the year is nearing the end it’s time to look back and reflect. 2019 was a productive year. I made about 8 bowls, 9 segmented birds, 2 bottle stoppers, 2 dozen pens and Christmas ornaments, a handful of snowmen, trees and mushrooms and 1 light up maleficent staff.

At the beginning of the year I wanted to hone my skills, making one bowl per month and perhaps try selling at a market. I found a few colleagues from my woodcarving class to join me and at the end of the year we were present at 4 markets. This was another push in the back to make more (and more diverse) things as I didn’t want to be the one with the least amount of work. The friendly rivalry really helped me to push myself.

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bowls, birds and ornaments

As I was rounding of the year I started organizing my photos and realized I hadn’t shared some bowls I created this year.

These three bowls were quite popular. the laminated wenge and oak bowl was a gift for my mother, since the oak came from and old dining table of hers. the elm bowl was claimed by my wife and the spalted beech bowl was sold.

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Candy dish and bolt action pens

 

For my latest bowl I used ash wood and played around with a UFO shape. the size and design remind me of a candy bowl so that’s how I decided to present it. As it is the week before Christmas at the time of writing, I’m guessing this will be the last bowl of 2019. It is still available for purchase should anyone be interested… the m&m’s are already gone I’m afraid.

As for the pens I’ve wanted to make some bolt action types, but until recently I could only find ones with a bullet shaped tip. As I’m not a hunter, these didn’t speak to me so I waited until more kits were available.

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State of the inventory

As I was taking pictures of the inventory I took to the craft market, I realized a number of the items weren’t shown on this blog so far.

I guess I was too busy making them and forgot about sharing.

As sharing is caring I’ll add a few image galleries of the items for sale on my etsy. The first one shows the bowls I have in stock.

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First craft market

Together with some fellow woodcarving students I set up my first stand at a craft market yesterday. Even though sales weren’t fantastic to say the least, it was a great day.

I met a lot of nice people and had a blast talking about our hobby and demonstrating some carving.  Many people were interested in the work pieces and the process.

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Segmented pens

I’m really enjoying working on segmented pens lately. They provide that something extra that really makes the pen stand out.

I’ve finished two of these lately one with oak and wengé used in a straight and one which started life as an olive wood blank and was cut at a 45° miter for some accent segments.

the hardest part about this is selecting the wood species with regards to grain density. For instance the oak has a pretty coarse grain and the wengé a very fine grain.

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A year in review – 2017

I think I finally found a nice way to take pictures of my work. I bought a mini photo studio and I’m playing around with the setup and camera settings.
here’s a roundup of some projects from 2017. Some of them were already posted earlier though.

These are some of my latest pens. An oak “Panache” style pen, a walnut “chairman” rollerball and a segmented “slimline”.
The slimline was made from lignum vitae and marupa (I think) with aluminium spacers. You might notice some white spots, this is due to the CA finish.
this was a pratice pen, both for the segmentation and the CA glue finish.

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With a bit of panache

This was my first pen using a panache pen kit. I have been wanting to make one for some time and I finally found a reseller of the kits.

It’s made from oak with a CA glue finish and I just love the feel of this pen.
It has a bit more weight to it, but it’s very comfortable to hold.

Since it has large flat ends it can stand upright on either end.
In fact since there is no clip it’s easiest to stand it on end or it might roll away.

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eggcelent – olive wood egg cups

After the bottlestopper I felt ready to wrangle the olive wood some more. We needed egg cups for the house, so I looked around the interwebs a bit to find some designs I liked. I decided to keep it simple and kind of modern.

The first egg cup was just a bit too narrow and sadly the edge chipped. Maybe I’ll fill it up with some metal powder.

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olive wood bottle stopper

Recently I bought some lovely olive wood with the intention of making egg cups. Since my only experience with olive wood is pen making I thought it would be best to make something else with the leftover part.

The wood is quite soft, so turning it was a breeze and as an extra it spreads a lovely smell when you’re sanding it. I started work without a specific design in mind and the piece quickly started to resemble a bottle. So with a few tweaks it turned (no pun intended) into a genie bottle.

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woodturned christmas tree

Last christmass I gave you my … christmass tree. This is one of the christmas trees I gave away last december (2014). It started out as a quick project to practice my skew techniques.

When I presented one to an aunt as a gift for hosting christmas dinner,  more people wanted one so I ended up making about half a dozen. Since there was little time in between all the parties and food to make nice pictures I’ll only post this one. the others all looked about the same,  but were made from different types of wood.


Some of the tools I use for turning:
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Some of the carving tools I use:
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Laser engraved pen

When I started posting my pens on Facebook, someone asked if they could be engraved as well. He was interested in having some of these pens made for a new company he started.

It took me a while to find a store in the neighborhood that could do this sort of work, but I finally found one. I sent off the thickest pen I had to be sure the logo would be visible.

After a few weeks of anticipation, I received a call from the store informing me the engraving was done. And the result can be admired below.

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Turned and carved spiral box

I quickly learned that once you start posting your work on Facebook and the word gets out, that you make stuff… people want you to make something for them. This gives me the opportunity to try out new techniques and in this case it allowed me to try some carving on a wood turned box.

It’s made from cherry, as you’ll soon discover in future posts, most of my stuff is. This isn’t really by choice, it’s just the supply of wood I have from a tree that was cut down by my dad a few years ago.

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Wooden pens

I started woodworking in january 2014 with woodcarving classes. In the same classes some guys where creating simple projects on the lathe  which caught my eye. soon after I bought myself a small lathe and started making sawdust. These pens are amongst the first projects I finished (and liked) on the benchtop lathe.

 


Some of the tools I use for turning:
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