Huon Pine Pen Order

Finished off this set of pens for some friends last week. Got the nod today that they had received them. Was a good set of pens to do. The box of three pens is a set of Vertex style pens with a Fountain Pen, Roller Ball and Pencil. All in chrome and Huon Pine. This set was a gift for Pauline Longdon on her becoming a #1 Bestseller for her book “From Depression Darkness to the Light of Life” from her partner Rae Brent. Hope you can use them to write the next bestseller.

The other boxed pen (one of four sets) is a Roman Harvest style Fountain Pen also in Huon Pine. The two dip pens are also in Huon Pine.

The two slimline pens at the front are made with Blackheart Sassafras. I changed out the clips and to add a bit of a personal touch for the new owners.

Hope that they will get many years of enjoyment out of them.


Latest Output

Just got back from a couple of weeks away visiting relatives, and picking up some bits of wood, so I haven’t had anything to post for a while.  Finally got back into the shed last week and I’ve been a bit busy working on some more items to sell at the markets.

First off I did up some Ice Cream Scoops. These are quite heavy, and the scoops are very well made. I have yet to try one out but I’m pretty sure that will be done before the end of the week.

Ice Cream Scoop

I also did up some Coffee Scoops. These look quite nice. The scoop hold one tablespoon of coffee for easy measuring.

Coffee Scoop

Lastly I did up some Fire Starters. These are a rod of magnesium with a flint mounted in it. You use the attached scraper to file off some of the metal, then use it to scrape the flint to get sparks that will light the magnesium. Great for when you are camping. They even come with a small compass in the end of the handle.

Fire Starter

I’m also working on a couple of other project and hope to have them finished off soon. When I do you can expect another post.


Laser Engraver

Had a play today with a new mini laser that I bought on ebay a while ago. Not a bad little unit for the price. Had a bit of trouble getting the software to work on my laptop, but finally got it going. Paired that with a pen jig that I got from @Benson Pace in Melbourne. Jig works a treat allowing you to engrave on a pen. Had a couple of hiccups trying to get it working ( my problems not the jigs ). Very well manufactured bit of gear and a good set of instructions. Very good value for the price. Anyway had fun burning a couple of Sierra Pens. The caduceus picture I downloaded from the web as an experiment. Will be going to a nurse friend.

Blackwood Bowl

I finished off this bowl a couple of weeks ago and I finally got around to showing it here. It’s made with a hunk of Blackwood that I had picked up somewhere. It’s about 200 mm Dia and 50 mm High. It’s finished with several coats of Ubeaut Aussie Oil. Still need to put a couple more coats of oil on it yet.

Yellowbox Bowls

Well it’s been a while since I posted anything. I’ve been a bit busy doing things around the house and grabbing shed time when I could.
This is a Yellowbox Bowl that I completed in January but haven’t had a chance to post yet. The walls are a bit thick but the wood blank had so many cracks in it that I wasn’t sure it would hold together at all. A liberal application of super glue to the cracks, as they appeared, and several attempts at turning it come up with a shape I was finally happy with. It was finally finished with a “Wipe on Poly” to give it a semi-gloss finish.
The big cracks in the bottom could have been filled in with something to make it look a bit better. Maybe next time. I still have another block of this left ( although it’s cracked a bit worse) so I’ll see how it come up later this year.
Might have to put this up for sale at the next market to see if I can get anything for it.

Edith’s Step

Recently made up a little step for my Grand Niece so she can reach the kitchen counter. It’s a hack to an Ikea Step Stool with a little enclosed area on top so she doesn’t fall off. The niece is very happy with it and so is Edith. Didn’t turn out too bad.

It was a nice easy project that turned out very nicely in the end and made someone special very happy ( check out those cheeks).

Woodchop Trophies

Just finished up making 36 Trophies for the annual Wandandian Community Woodchop that is taking place next month. They usually give out ribbons but thought they’d do something different this year so asked me if I would make them up some trophies. There are both chopping and sawing events so I made up the trophies to show off the event they were for. If you’re in the area you should drop in a take a look. Also you can drop by my stall and look at the other wooden items that I make.