Wednesday 3 April 2013
A World of Writing - The 'Earth Pen'
Here is a pen that I just finished last night. This one was for a very special recipient - my wife. When I got my last shipment of interesting pen blanks in from Bear Tooth Woods, she immediately picked this out and requested that, eventually, I make a pen for her out of it.
Well, I was really rather curious to see how this material would look turned, so after finishing another project, I pulled this stuff out and started working on a pen for the most important pen person in the world.
Like the resin used in the 'Van Gogh' pen, this one was somewhat more brittle than acrylic, but I found it to be quite a bit less so than the 'VanGogh'. Not sure why - maybe just because the garage is a bit warmer now... In any case, it was a pleasure to work with this time, and took to threading very nicely.
I decided to try 'framing' the blue and green resin with black ends and a black grip section, in order to accentuate the colour. Once I finished polishing this pen and shut down the lathe, I was shocked at the rich, beautiful swirls of green and blue - and it immediately reminded my of pictures of the Earth from space. So, I called this one 'The Earth Pen'. It is actually made in a similar style to my previous 'Shirt Pocket Fountain Pen', though just a touch longer in the barrel, as my wife doesn't need to carry her pens in a shirt pocket.
Got it fixed up with a fine steel JoWo nib, and a nice ball-end clip, and a converter now full of Pelikan 4001 Royal Blue, smoothed and tuned the nib, and passed it on to its new owner. And I believe the new owner likes it :-))
Thanks for looking.