Tiger Myrtle Sedona

After tackling the Mont Blanc, I had a closer look at the Sedona kits that I (re)discovered in my pen kit, and decided it wouldn’t actually be a complicated build.  It has a large-diameter brass tube core, so I opted for a larger blank I had to ensure that I didn’t suffer any splitting during the drilling step.  And I had a perfect piece of Tiger Myrtle for the job.

This was also a good test of the drilling vice – how easy it copes with changing the size of the blank, and it proved to be no drama.

Sedona Fountain Pen

The pen lid is threaded, and can screw onto the end when the pen is used, giving it a very nice feel, weight and balance.  It is also interesting writing with a fountain pen – a completely different feel to a ball point.  I haven’t used one since the Navy – it is traditional to hand write letters (posting acceptance letters from vague memory) using a fountain pen.  12 or so years on, and I’m rediscovering fountain pens as a writing implement.  They also make quite a statement when you use one in a meeting, just have no idea what that statement is!

Capped

Even capped, the style has a bit of punch, but it is interesting watching the reaction when the cap is removed and they discover the iridium nib, rather than the ball point they were expecting. The finish, like normal for me these days is the significantly durable and glossy (by choice) CA finish. (CA = Cyanoacrylate = Superglue)

Components

The pen obviously comes apart for refilling, and comes with both a standard ink cartridge (purchasable from stationary shops).  It also comes with an interesting cartridge that has a bit of a syringe thing happening.  It is a reloadable cartridge, designed to be used with an ink bottle to refill.

Refillable Ink Cartridge

So another pen design experienced – by no means the cheapest (or the most expensive). Around $25 for the pen mechanism.

It is a nice pen 🙂

Episode 50b Finishing and Assembling a Pen

Episode 50b Finishing and Assembling a Pen

What Goes Around….

A few months ago I showed a shed colleague how to do the basics where it came to turning a wooden pen. I’m not much of a turner, but it was more the sorts of steps involved in creating the pen, rather than the ins and outs of turning itself.

Since then, he’s been off creating a significant collection of pens of all sorts of types and materials, and that in turn was the final inspiration for me to try some different, more expensive models myself (as my post a few days ago showed).

So last night, I had him around again, and this time he was showing me the steps he takes in turning a pen, and in particular something I’ve never really gotten the hang of before – producing a good (and more importantly) and durable finish. In this case, we covered using CA to produce a strong, glossy finish. (CA – aka Cyanoacrylate, or more popularly marketed as SuperGlue.)

So in my best Yoda voice: “The master becomes the student he has”

It just goes to show just how much can be gained from sharing and collaborating with other woodworkers to further everyones skills.

And secondly, leads me to the conclusion that you can only learn about 10% of the trade from watching endless DVDs and reading mountains of books. 90% of the learning and refining of skills MUST be hands-on, in your own workshop, making your own mistakes and just giving things a try.

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