A fellow UFOWW member,Robert aka Bob, lives about 80 miles away. I started talking with him and we talked about meeting up some time. Then I got the idea I wanted some pens made from the walnut that came from my grandpa's farm. I asked Bob about making some pens for me, and he offered that I could come over and he would teach me how make the pens.
I cut the boards to pen blank size and then mailed them to Bob so he could prepare them. Yesterday was the the big day. I got an early start so I could be at Bob's house around 8 am.
|It was beautiful morning.|
Bob taught me how to turn using some extra pieces he had and then I got started making my walnut pens. I was amazed how easy and gratifying making the pens were the first pen took a little while to make but I got the point where I was able to make a pen in about 45 minutes.
Now for the part that makes the blog better, less words more pictures. Some of these pictures Bob took of him preparing the blanks and he took the action shots of me making the pens.
|The bundle of blanks right out of the box|
|Bob lablled each blank|
|next they were cut to roughly the correct length, leave a little extra on each|
|Next a hole was drilled through the center of the blank|
|each blank has a brass tube glued inside, this is part of the pen kit|
|the ends of the wood blank have to be trimmed flush and square to the brass tube|
|Now the fun starts|
|wiping on the polish|
|buffing the polish|
|laying out the tenon|
|cutting the tenon|
|all the parts of the pen|
|pressing the parts together|
|the 7 finished pens|