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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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