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    I posted a reply to this thread last night, but...

    I posted a reply to this thread last night, but now itís gone, as well as Gabs reply to Euges post ?

    Both are great looking pens Gab. I really like the colour combo on the first one, very...
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    Nice work there mate. These bi-metal kits look...

    Nice work there mate.
    These bi-metal kits look a lot smarter than the old style with the black bits.
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    If my memory serves me correctly, the Luban label...

    If my memory serves me correctly, the Luban label was created by Luban White, AKA slow6, a member of this forum.
    http://www.woodworkforums.com/members/9157-slow6

    EDIT- I just read the whole...
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    Jolly good. I really like what you have done here...

    Jolly good. I really like what you have done here Peter.
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    Your finish on that Cigar looks real good Gary.

    Your finish on that Cigar looks real good Gary.
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    Good news Alex.

    Good news Alex.
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    Good stuff Gary. Its hard to deny that the...

    Good stuff Gary.
    Its hard to deny that the resins/plastics look good on a pen, the better halves seem to like the colourful stuff.
    As Gab said, normally thereís no need to put a finish on the...
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    Thatís a buqqer. I too am interested in knowing...

    Thatís a buqqer. I too am interested in knowing what type of resin.
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    Sounds like a very similar solution Euge. Though...

    Sounds like a very similar solution Euge. Though itís also the paler areas of the heartwood that needs protecting from the darker oils on my Pennyleaf.
    I have eliminated the cross colouring from...
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    The reading material I would be pointing you to...

    The reading material I would be pointing you to is in the library on the IAP forum.
    They are in the process of moving the content into the new forum, so it might not be there right now, but...
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    Thanks Mik. I am sure you could turn out some...

    Thanks Mik. I am sure you could turn out some very unique stuff.
    I think these type of pens will take a lot more time to complete than the kitted variety.
    I have been looking around, and there is...
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    That SheOak looks looks great Gab, nicely...

    That SheOak looks looks great Gab, nicely finished too, good job.
    We are certainly blessed with some great timbers in this country.

    Thanks for the explanation of the resin pouring. That helps me...
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    Hi Bootes, yes the black part is turned on my...

    Hi Bootes, yes the black part is turned on my lathe from a black resin blank.
    How the pen was made is a long story, too long to tell in this thread. But if you are serious about giving it a go, I...
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    Thanks Gary. My patience is greatly variable I'm...

    Thanks Gary. My patience is greatly variable I'm afraid ��
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    Thanks Euge. Yes, stabilising the timber is what...

    Thanks Euge. Yes, stabilising the timber is what I am also thinking. I have all the gear to do it, accumulated and built a few years ago, just haven’t got around to using it yet. I think this would...
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    Thanks Peter. It took me a while to settle on...

    Thanks Peter. It took me a while to settle on this design for the nib/section/grip. I must have been looking at some of the same photos as you, I saw some ugly designs on the internet.
    I ended up...
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    Nice work on that lot mate. You must have quite a...

    Nice work on that lot mate. You must have quite a collection of the historical woods.
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    I had originally planned to use the 9x0.75, but...

    I had originally planned to use the 9x0.75, but found it wouldn’t leave much thickness of material once I drilled out for the refill. 10mm was a better option, the double start set is all I have with...
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    Cheers Gab. Yes, I have held off on this style...

    Cheers Gab.
    Yes, I have held off on this style until now, I have been making kitless bullet pens for a while now, as well as modifying kit pens.
    I have been feeling the restraints of the kits for...
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    My first Kitless Rollerball

    Here is my first attempt at a kitless Rollerball. I bought some taps and dies in one of the group buys on the IAP a few years ago, finally got to use them.
    It took me about 10 hours total, a fair...
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    Thanks for showing this lot Gab, good stuff. ...

    Thanks for showing this lot Gab, good stuff.

    I am curious how he kept the colours separated so well in that blank, did he use ribbons ?
    I hope your 2nd pen does well at auction.
    Would love to...
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    Cheers Euge. A Pennyleaf Challenge would be...

    Cheers Euge. A Pennyleaf Challenge would be interesting, but I think I would have a slight advantage, I have a large selection of Pennyleaf blanks, others may have none , or only a couple.

    I am...
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    I just borrowed a can from my wife that she uses...

    I just borrowed a can from my wife that she uses for her crafty stuff. She would have got it from Bunnings.
    Just went and checked, it’s White Knight crystal clear, but I am sure any spray can...
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    A great looking trio Dallas. Hard to pick a...

    A great looking trio Dallas.
    Hard to pick a favourite, but I think the Blackwood has its nose slightly in front for me.
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    Thanks Dallas. Yes the natural lighting has a lot...

    Thanks Dallas. Yes the natural lighting has a lot going for it, when nature cooperates.

    The new procedure for finishing the Dalbergia's, and Pennyleaf in particular, is in this thread -...
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    Thanks Euge. It’s a nice pen in the hand as well.

    Thanks Euge. It’s a nice pen in the hand as well.
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    Thanks Moby. Yeah, the new finishing process is a...

    Thanks Moby. Yeah, the new finishing process is a keeper. No more worrying about turning the sapwood brown. The sapwood on this pen has some spalting , that’s why it has some darker bits.
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    Pennyleaf Rosewood, AKA Dalbergia sissoo

    This is my #3 for the "May Challenge".
    A piece of Pennyleaf with a bit of sapwood showing, on a Stainless steel Eagle Rollerball from Lazerlinez.
    Finished as per my newly developed proceedure for...
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    Would love to see what’s inside.

    Would love to see what’s inside.
  30. Plenty of character in that one Peter. It’s great...

    Plenty of character in that one Peter. It’s great to see these rarer timbers used, good inspiration.
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    Thatís really good Mik. Love it.

    Thatís really good Mik. Love it.
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    I love the Beefwood, it a great timber for pens....

    I love the Beefwood, it a great timber for pens.
    Doesnt look mismatched to me. I know what it’s like with the light reflecting off two different surfaces, it can play tricks at times.
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    I could cut you a IWCS size sample for you if you...

    I could cut you a IWCS size sample for you if you wanted one.
  34. Welcome to the forum Billy. Sounds like you have...

    Welcome to the forum Billy. Sounds like you have a good setup.
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    I would be up for some York Gum Burl for sure...

    I would be up for some York Gum Burl for sure Euge.
    Maybe I can swap you something, if I could find something I have that you don't.
    Have you got any Cooktown Ironwood Burl ?
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    Fantastic looking pen mate. Well done :2tsup:

    Fantastic looking pen mate. Well done :2tsup:
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    Hi Pete. If you want to cover the postage, I’ll...

    Hi Pete. If you want to cover the postage, I’ll send you a free pack of nice Aussie blanks.
    I know the postage isn’t cheap, as I just sent a package with 3 pens in it to the US.
    PM me if...
  38. Wow, some skill involved in that pen. I also...

    Wow, some skill involved in that pen.
    I also would like to know the maker.
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    Cheers Gab and BT, appreciated. Yes the colour...

    Cheers Gab and BT, appreciated.
    Yes the colour of this one is very close to Olivewood, the blank had some darker wood on one side that I was hoping to keep on the pen, but unfortunately it was...
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    Thanks Euge and Gary. You can usually get...

    Thanks Euge and Gary.

    You can usually get these from GPW, they are out of stock at the moment though.
    They are a good quality kit, I like them. The brass tube is nice and long to show plenty of...
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    May Challenge #2 - York Gum Burl

    Just finished this one today. A Professor Pen with a piece of York Gum Burl, mostly sapwood as it turned out.
    The blank showed a bit more promise, but most of the darker parts disappeared as I...
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    The vast majority of my timber, I...

    The vast majority of my timber, I collected/harvested myself. One place that I lived and worked at for quite a while, they were clearing the forest and burning it to open up new mining areas. I...
  43. Me too. The stuff I have that’s labelled Inland...

    Me too.
    The stuff I have that’s labelled Inland Rosewood is almost certainly this stuff. Vern mentions the pleasant aroma, which I referred to in the other thread.

    Euge, I’m curious about that...
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    While I get most of my timber blanks from stuff I...

    While I get most of my timber blanks from stuff I have cut myself, I have in the past done many swaps with other turners and collectors, itís a great way to get stuff that is not obtainable in your...
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    I should have added, I know it’s not a...

    I should have added, I know it’s not a Gum/Eucalypt, it’s just the name I jokingly christened it as at the time.
    I can add a little bit more info here. The older part of Weipa township where this...
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    Sensational.

    Sensational.
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    I always wondered what happened to pens for the...

    I always wondered what happened to pens for the troops, been nothing on here for a couple of years now. Iím glad to hear itís still going on.
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    I could do a pen from start to finish in an hour...

    I could do a pen from start to finish in an hour or less if I really had to, but speed is not what it’s about for me. Experimental pens I ussually do quickly, because I want to see the results. But...
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    Only too happy to help Gary. That Penguin would...

    Only too happy to help Gary.
    That Penguin would have been a nice surprise. That blank ( and many others I have ) came from a branch that came down in a storm , the tree is just into the bush near my...
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    Hi Euge, my mates surname is Morgan, thatís why I...

    Hi Euge, my mates surname is Morgan, thatís why I gave it the name of Morgan Gum.
    A few years back I was given a small block, marked ďInland Rosewood ď I remember it had a sweet smell when cut, when...
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