I really wish I could write a blog in different colors. Anyway,
Hello. And welcome once again to my blog. I have been away for quite some time. I have had a few doctor’s appointments and have been diagnosed with Hashimoto, which is a thyroid issue. So, I’m on my probably 10th medication change and quite frankly feel sometimes as though I want to quit it all together. I was never a symptomatic person so I didn’t even know I had thyroid issues. Now, I just feel tired and crappy all the time. But during this time, I have been making pens and getting ready for art and craft/ vendor fairs. I am taking my NCE test next month and the following month, I will be taking my CPCE test at Liberty University. So, I have literally been studying for hours every single day. This is a 4 hour long test and it takes me a while to comprehend stuff. I want to pass this test.
So, I began woodturning about a year ago. Jason is the one who actually got me to turning wood. He made friends with a man who has turned wood for many years. Jason was looking for a piece to make his coin rings and they became friends. I began by making snowmen and have moved to making pens. I am doing a pen demonstration next month for Mountaineer Woodturners club so I am kind of nervous about that. I will do fine though. I am just intimidated because many of these men have been turning for longer than I have been alive.
Here are some of the pens I have been making lately.
These are two of my favorites. I do not know the kind of wood I used. I bought the huge box of blanks from Woodcraft for practice and simply turned these. I love dragonflies and crosses. The wood turned out exceptionally well. I think I need Jason to teach me to take pictures with his ginormous camera to get better shots. The charm kit came from Penn State Industries.
These were different than I was used to doing. The pen on the left was a shape that I had never tried with a pen before. I call it the “Fat Bottomed Pen” because it makes the writing world go round. I cracked myself up because that is what I was singing as I was turning it. The next one, was made from an unknown specimen of wood. It has the Rosewood look to it but didn’t have a name. I used the Filagree tops purchased from Penn State. I had to work with this one because the wood had to be shaped to fit the top. I love the way it made the pen look. The next one, I used a light wood but stained it using the Spirit Stain then wiped off the excess and then finished it off with Myland’s friction polish. I added the cross for an added touch. I also curved the bottom of the pen. I am kind of liking the curve at the bottom instead of making it straight. The last one, a charm was once again added for some simply bling.
These are from the Hope, Faith, Love collection. These are twist pens and the left is made from Purple Heart. It is a beautiful pen with some weight to it. I don’t think I would write with it because of the weight but would make a perfect gift for anyone who liked heavier pens.
The Dutchess pens are really cute. They are made from acrylic. The pictures once again do the pens the justice they deserve. I am still in the process of finishing this set off but I am happy with the way they turned out. The colors are simply beautiful.
A pen collection would not be a pen collection without turning camo pens. I have some more on order and are waiting for them to get here. The pen on the right has the “gun metal” plating which makes this pen freaking awesome. The middle one is the usual brown camo with a gold plating. The pen on the left is made using a satin gold plating. They turned out really nice and am excited to get my next order of camo acrylic blanks.
And of course my all time favorite, USA! USA!USA! I love this pen. This once took me some practice after busting as few blanks on the lathe. I had to be more patient and take my time and have finally finished two of the American pens. I finished one this morning and used the satin gold plating. They are both really nice pens and I am happy the way they are all turning out.
Now to book some vendor events!