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Getting ready for school.

Okay - so school starts back on the twentieth, which means I'm going to be very busy with school and not as busy with making pens.  I'll still be able to get a few knocked out every weekend unless something comes up or I'm just wiped out from the week...
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Button Fillers

I can do it now, folks. If you want a button filler instead of a C/C just indicate as much on the ordering page. Getting a pen with a button filler will be $100 extra.
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What does it look like in there?

So today while working on a pen I had a bit of a mishap.  Well - plain and simply - I screwed up.  No big deal - happens every now and then.  I decided to turn that oops into an Oooooh. Here you can see how close I get things...
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So how big are my pens? Here’s a guide.

So how big are these pens? When I list diameter of a pen, it’s at the barrel threads, where the cap screws on. So here’s a list of my basic pen sizes with the approximate maximum section diameter as well. Slim - .45"/11mm thick with 10mm thick section. Small –...
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Zebra Striped Celluloid

So there was a thread on the internet a while back discussing these flat sheets of Chinese celluloid that's out there. Well, a guy in Europe who makes pens bought some of that up and made a few rods from it.  He glued the sheets together using solvents of some...
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I did a bit of …

I did a bit of playing around and updated my website with a link to translate through Google into several different languages.  I hope that makes it easier to read for more people. Let me know what you think. I've also added a tools/equipment review area for people who are...
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Micarta? Huh? And a torture test.

I no longer make or work with micarta style materials. Yep - Micarta.  Or at least a laminated fabric material. From April 2012. Okay - so I made some laminated denim with fiber glass resin from O'Reilly's. It was about $50 for the resin, $6 for the denim (should have...
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Urushi – Don’t touch it.

I do not do my own urushi finishes anymore and have no plans to do so in the future.  Thanks. ------------------------------ I'm going to start offering urushi finish for some of my pens.  Ebonite for sure.  I still have a denim pen around here that's been through hell.  I'm going...
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More buttony madness

More practice with button fillers.  This is going to be fun.  🙂
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How big is BIG?

I got asked today how big my oversize pens really are.  Hopefully this will help to give an idea of how big they are.  If you'd like an oversize pen photographed next to something different that you're more familiar with, let me know.  🙂
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Busted Button Filler

The kids are with Gramma and my wife is at work.  I've got a few orders but I'm waiting on materials to ship in so tonight I thought I'd play. A secret santa in Europe sent me a few sticks of celluloid and I thought I'd try to turn this...
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My First Kit Pencil!

That was easy. Now that I've made one my students are going to be bugging me for them.  🙂  That's okay though.
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What do I look like?

I'm in a lot of videos but you don't get a very good look at me for the most part. I'm mostly pretty funny looking if I do say so myself. Here we are.  Hair long and shaggy.  I'm planning on selling raffle tickets at school and letting the winner...
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A couple new pens – and yes, of course I can make a new section.

Got an order from Tennessee to make a couple small pens and have enjoyed these quite a bit.  It's always fun turning new materials to see how they'll turn out. And of course a new section.  Made the oversize yellow pen for a local customer and I just wasn't sure...
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A Whole Lotta Celluloid – Grinding nibs

Finally finished the celluloid pens tonight.  What was supposed to be one turned into two with three sections. First - I wasn't happy with the cap I made.  Too short and squatty lookin.  Not tapered enough.  Then a thing with how deeply I threaded the barrel and how long the...
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When Accidents Happen

Some days you can't win for losing.  Other days you're truckin' along and kickin' butt and then all of a sudden SCHWACK! So yeah - my carbide tool was getting bored and wanted a little adventure, a little excitement, and decided to jump into the tip of this cap hard....
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Sleeping is better than working

For some reason I thought it would be a great idea to stay up late last night and make a pen.  This one.  It was 11 or so when I started it.  I should have realized nearly an hour into it that I should pack it up and go to...
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A little problem with alumilite… oops.

Every now and then I run into a problem.  Usually the problem is a slip - something I did wrong - a step I left out - going too fast or too slow.  Yesterday I had a problem with a cap. Sandstone color explosion blank. Turned round between centers. Stuck...
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Something about behind the scenes…

Pretty much since I can remember I have always enjoyed seeing behind the scenes shots - either of movie special effects (like Jurassic Park), an artist's studio, or just about anything else you can think of.  I love to see what goes on behind the scenes.  Every little mundane detail...
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Pen Making Funk

Every now and then I have a day where I'd rather just lay around or watch TV (which I'm not that fond of) than go in the shop or even stand up.  Not depressed or mopey, just physically exhausted from... being lazy?  🙂  I dunno.  I have a pen on...
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