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Offline Diane Bennett

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Hand carved pen holder
« on: March 11, 2019, 12:11:56 PM »
I made my first pen holder today after watching Salman's you tube video. 

It's made from cedar wood, needs some varnish and a polish and it will be all done.

Quite happy with it for my first attempt, it fits my hand perfectly, but if I do another one I would use a heavier wood as this is a little to lightweight, I like a heavier pen. 


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Offline AAAndrew

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Re: Hand carved pen holder
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2019, 03:46:41 PM »
Nice! how does it fit your hand?

Depends on if you like slick pen or not, there are lots of options for finish, including no finish and just letting it age with our own skin oils.

Also depends on how ink-proof you want the finish.

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Offline Diane Bennett

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Re: Hand carved pen holder
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2019, 04:28:51 PM »
@AAAndrew

Thank you.  It fits my hand really well, which I was surprised by with it being my first try.  It's defiantly something I can build from.  Namely, the weight of the wood, slightly thicker and a few more tweaks, but all in all I'm happy with it.

I do have some lovely Ebony and a beautiful piece of English Yew, which I plan to use, but they are far to nice to practice with.

With regard to finish.  I would have no idea, I was just going to put varnish on it.  Maybe something I should look in to for future reference.

Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Hand carved pen holder
« Reply #3 on: March 11, 2019, 04:29:16 PM »
Wow! Looks great Diane! Lovely looking pen 👍
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Re: Hand carved pen holder
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2019, 06:27:50 PM »
Linseed oil is a traditional finish for tool handles. You generally don't want a plasticized finish, like polyurethane, on a tool handle. I would imaging a pen would be similar. You want a certain amount of grip.

for linseed oil, used the boiled linseed oil unless you want to wait four months for raw linseed oil to dry.

Another fun finish, that's non-toxic and super easy, is a soap finish. This is used traditionally in Denmark and neighboring countries on the light wood that is common there. As this article says, it may be the only wood finish where your hands and clothes end up cleaner after applying it than they were before. Since a pen does not have hard usage, like a chair, it should stay intact for quite a while. It's also pretty cheap, and a small jar will last for many, many pens. It's really only for bare wood and looks best on light woods. It also feels really good. It's got a soft, matte feel to it that I think would work great for a holder.
https://www.popularwoodworking.com/techniques/soap-making-clean-finish-2/

Or, practically any finish oil would work. You could also try a home-made finish of equal parts turpentine, linseed oil and melted beeswax. Melt the wax, and slowly pour the warm (not hot) wax into the mixture of the other two. Stir well, and keep in a sealed jar. You apply it, let it sit for 15 minutes or so and then wipe off the excess. Once it's fully dry, add another layer. Wipe off the excess. Let it dry then buff to a nice finish with a clean, dry cloth. It's a bit more work than the soap finish, but a nice, simple one. The beeswax also does not make it slippery, but instead gives a very, very slight tack to the finish, so it is the opposite of slippery.

Or, you could just leave it bare wood. The more you use it, the more distinctive and personalized it gets. There are no rules that say you must finish it.

Just some thoughts from my "other hobby".
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Re: Hand carved pen holder
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2019, 08:57:32 PM »
Wow! Impressive! It looks great!  :D
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Re: Hand carved pen holder
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2019, 02:27:45 AM »
Diane,

WOW!  That looks great!  Must be very satisfying to write using a tool you made for yourself.  Where could an interested party find said video, by the way?

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Re: Hand carved pen holder
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2019, 04:57:17 AM »
It looks awesome!!!

I was convinced you need a lathe to make your own holders and lathe isn't apartment friendly tool :P. This post made my day, can't wait to try making my own :)

P.S. I believe this is the video:

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Re: Hand carved pen holder
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2019, 07:07:43 AM »
@KristenT

This is the link to the video Kristen.  If you try it would you post so that we can see it.  Good luck



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Re: Hand carved pen holder
« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2019, 07:37:09 AM »
@neriah


Give it a go, it is fun to do, and let us see the results.


My little tip, when carving the shape, I rested the wood on my hand to get the right shape to fit me.  Its not perfect, but it helped me get the fit.

I will be looking forward to seeing what you make.

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Re: Hand carved pen holder
« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2019, 10:52:06 PM »
Thanks for the links!  Very exciting to consider.  :D

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Re: Hand carved pen holder
« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2019, 08:07:49 AM »
Your holder is beautiful Diane. If I am doing a hand rubbed finish, I use a couple of coats of Walnut oil, then about 4-5 coats of wax.
Thank you for that link to Salmanís video, I hadnít seen that yet. He is incredibly talented and great person to just chat with.
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Re: Hand carved pen holder
« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2019, 10:16:49 AM »
@darrin1200

The video is very helpful, I have watched it several times.

Your pens are amazing.


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« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2019, 01:15:57 PM »
Thank you.
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Re: Hand carved pen holder
« Reply #14 on: March 13, 2019, 01:50:31 PM »
You did a great job with your pen. I bought a piece of wood and knife but havenít started yet. Do you remember the dimensions of your wood blank when you started?