Wiseguys

If you’re a lookin to do a deal wid the Family, you’d better come heavy and be packin some serious heat.

When joining with this thing of ours, and gettin’ into the waste management business, what better way to wear it, than to sign on the dotted line with a pen fit for a wiseguy. It would be che peccato to use anything less. Trust me as your Consigliere, if expecting to sign a contract in front of the Don, use this, the latest offering from Kallenshaan Woods. And remember, Col tempo la foglia di gelso diventa seta.

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A cool looking pen, but what absolutely makes it, is that optional case. Mamma Mia!

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4 Responses

  1. Whilst I think the laser cut pen kits almost take away the skill of the pen maker they certainly look fairly cool …. Especially when combined with that box.

    • I’d have to disagree with that- I don’t see any real difference between a laser cut pen, an acrylic blank, and a basic timber blank as far as the skills required of the woodturner.

      The difference comes when trying to explain the resulting pen to non-turners what your contribution to the creation is. It is harder to turn a laser cut pen, than one from solid timber. You need more finesse and sharper tools!

      Where it comes to claiming credit for the creation, what you can take credit for is limited by the most striking features being those that resulted from the laser cutting rather than from the wood turner.

      For those woodturners who do their own laminating/segmented turning, or add their own features (such as captive rings and the like), then perhaps a laser cut design does commercialise something that would otherwise be in the realms of very very few people out there. For the vast majority of pens made, a laser cut pen is no different to walking into Carbatec and buying an acrylic blank, or a small piece of harvested and dried timber. IMHO 🙂

  2. Quite happy to disagree 🙂

    It comes back to a discussion that we had some time ago (on Stu’s Shed!) about how much involvement is required to produce the final product and then it is a personal choice of where that line is drawn between actually creating something or just putting something together, or for that matter having a machine or jig doing the work.

    Whilst I haven’t tried my hand at a laser cut pen I have turned a few pens in my time. Perhaps my issue is with pens in general and not just the laser pens. Essentially with many of the kits it is simply a matter of taking the timber, turning the stock down to height of the bushings, and applying a finish. Yes there is skill in the quality of the cuts and the finish applied but in reality it doesn’t leave much room for creativity.

    Most of the pens that you see are limited in their creativity …… simply a timber or acrylic blank turned into a tube to align with the bushings on each end. Perhaps the style of kit has a lot to do with it. I quite like the simple slimline pen as you can take the blank and have some fun with various thicknesses, creating grips, beads, single tube ….. basically adding some creativity and freeing yourself up from the barrel design.

    Making your own acrylic blanks, segmenting or even that little fancy pen wizard that you have shown may be the next step to bring creativity back to pen making.

    Of course all of this raises the issue of whether building something from a prepared plan is creative or just skilled (or not so skilled) woodwork. Do you need creativity to be a good woodworker?

    Cheers

    Stinky
    (Mostly just stirring the pot to create discussion)

    • Guess we are on the same page- although I see those kits and kitsets are still very valuable for introducing newer woodworkers to our passion. They get to make some quite elaborate items, without being so restricted by a lack of overall experience that they give it all away before really developing skills.

      They are still woodworkers, and are still woodworking. They may not want to use the basic kits down track, but there are also a lot of woodworkers who will remain comfortable at that level who don’t want to go to the next level. We all find ourselves reaching a level that we are comfortable at. Some, but not all will continue to pursue reaching the next step.

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