Distinctive Woodworking by Jonathan Crone

A cutting time

So after doing all the work to get to this stage, its time (finally) to actually MAKE the pen.

The pens are squared up using a special tool, and mounted on the lathe.

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I then begin to cut the pens.   Much of my work is with a special tool called a ‘skew’   Tricky to work with but it makes a beautiful almost finish ready cut to the wood.  If you look at the pictures below, you’ll see I am slicing away paper thin shavings off the wood.

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The end result:  a beautifully prepared piece of wood.  You notice the knots and defects in the wood? Those carefully captured paper shavings I sliced off get carefully blended into the defects, sealed in place with an industrial strength adhesive and polished.

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I then apply some finishing dye to the pens, and organize them in time for polishing on a diamond paste impregnated polishing wheel.

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And the final result:

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Next steps:   assembly