It has been ages since I have stood before my lathe. Well at the moment I can't even see my wood lathe. I think it is buried under a pile of drop sheets, old newspapers, chunks of redgum and assorted toys waiting to be fixed. When ever I clean up the workshop I always have plans on keeping it tidy...those plans don't last long. I had planned to blog on making a few pens but time and the abyss in the workshop have prevented that. So instead tonight I shall just put up a few pictures and dream.
This is my work pen. It's a longwood click using a blue and black acrylic. I love Longwood Clicks, they have the best click mechanism I have found so far.
This one is a Banksia Nut Sierra. I turned the banksia nut down and filled the voids with coffee grounds and a little gold glitter. It took ages to make with lots of filling, sanding and repeat. It will always be one of my favourites.
Next is a Blue Cigar. I just love the colour of this acrylic, reminds me of tropical oceans. Cigar pens are great and after a few bad experiences with some cheap kits I have found a reliable supply and found the love for them again.
I love wood. Acrylics come it great colours and are much more popular with females but wood says elegance. This is a Polaris made from Red Mallee, a great wood and looks better in the hand than in the picture.
The final pen I have chosen is my first attempt at a Celtic Knot. I made it for a pen swap on the International Pen Turners website. I did a lot of reading on how to do this and was so pleased with the result. It was a shame I had to give it away as I have not had as much luck with attempt since (I will try it again soon, sounds like a plan for a blog post!)
I have heap more pens to show at some stage when I have failed miserably in making something new.