Aftermath pt2 – The Wallet’s Response

I did pick up a few things at the show, being conscious of how much I could get on the plane – I knew I had about 12kg spare!

A friend recently showed me a very stylish case he had sourced for the pens he has started making. I still may get around to getting one as well (purchased from the USA) as his one is real leather.  However while at the show I found one that had a similar look and feel, just not leather.

Pen Case

Pen Case

Better get making more pens!

Better get making more pens!

Stores 24 pens in a zippable case, with an internal soft flap to protect the pens on one side from the other.  Cost was around $25 from Carrolls Woodcraft Supplies. Think it is so new that it isn’t even on their website yet.

I did buy a $6 chainsaw bag – didn’t seem a bad price, and it may mean I will look after the chainsaw a little better!

I wasn’t planning on buying much timber – perhaps a few pen blanks, but the Solomon Ebony looked really interesting, and was a surprisingly good price.  I’ve bought ebony before, and gotten very small pieces that still cost quite a bit, and only ever intended to use them for details in other creations.  Instead these pieces are affordable enough to really use them, rather than conserve them.

Solomon Ebony

Solomon Ebony

From left to right, there are some lengths around 18mm square – a bit thicker than normal, but I got them specifically for pens.  They actually came as 2 lengths, but at around 1.5m long, they were going to be tricky to get onto the plane.  I left my run too late to find a saw as the show was packing up, but I found someone with a running chainsaw who was happy to help pop these in half for me.

The next piece is just a nice lump of timber.  The endgrain of the ebony is stunning, and when I do a writeup of the timber itself, I’ll get you some better photos and details images. Same with the stack of 3.

The ebony darkens up to a near black significantly over time as it oxidises, so these pieces will look remarkably different in a year or two!  (I don’t know how fast they oxidise though).  When I turn a pen, if I do a CA finish it will obviously keep the air away from the timber.  Apparently (when I asked about it), the timber will still oxidise over time, it would just take a lot longer through the CA finish.  The gentleman selling the timber had a pen made from it, and it was a beautiful deep black.

The final piece of timber I know nothing about, other than coming from the Solomons, and its name – Kwila.

6 Responses

  1. Hi Stu,

    Just a thought – What about; after you’ve turned and sanded your shafts, place them into a plastic bag, go along to your nearest aquarium shop and ask the proprietor, very nicely, if he/she would be kind enough to inflate your bag with pure oxygen (would this make them oxidise quicker?). Then do the super glue thing, once they’re the shade of black you like.

    • You know, that’s not a bad idea! Although you don’t even need an aquarium shop if you have an oxy acetylene set (or a mate with one!)

      Definitely worth the experiment!

  2. Just had another thought – you cold mask out areas with tape etc..

    • You would then need to prevent further oxidation of those areas, and apparently even a CA finish (plastic coating) is not enough – just lows it down, but over time you would still loose the effect.

      Interesting idea though – if there was a way to really protect those areas from oxygen it would be an interesting effect. Same as using something like purpleheart and selectively exposing it to light.

  3. […] have some other pieces that I bought at the show (as mentioned here), so will be really interesting to see how they come up in different applications, such as turned […]

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