As you may well know, I am a fan of Kallenshaan Woods and their laser-cut pens.  I have a few different ones at work, and at any given time I can be found with one, or other on the go, depending on what mood I am in.

Woodworker pen, flame pen, etc.

But have you ever thought how they produce the inlay bits? And what happens to the leftovers?

The inlays are cut out of blanks made of the inlay material, and they cut as many as possible out of the one piece of timber.  What is left is full of holes of the same shape as the item removed – a negative image.  These blanks are sold through, and provide a whole heap of opportunities.  Filled with resin, crushed rock, put in labels and cover with resin.  There are all sorts of options, limited by your imagination.

Pen inlay leftovers

The Roving Reporter has been playing with some already – you can have a lot of fun with these!

Roving Reporter’s result

Felt sure I had more photos than that, but perhaps my memory is playing tricks, and the other pens I have seen were in person.

Something a bit different if you like that sort of thing.  I certainly think it provides the opportunity for some great, novel pens!

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