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    I am allergic to paying for something I can either do, or build myself.

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  1. I have a laser engraver. It won't engrave all woods, but will do most of them. 90 bucks. Was well worth it.
  2. I have my first commission and originally, I couldn't have been happier. 60 designer twist pens, engraved with their company logo, in Brazilian Cherry. Sounds great right? Until it went from 2 months to completion, to three weeks. Now in all honesty, If I worked anything the even resembles a normal schedule, this wouldn't have been an issue. However, my day job is 14 hours a day, five days a week, so everything had to be done on the weekend. Needless to say, I am just wrapping things up, and got to turn something other than the same pen over and over. This is one of the commissioned pens. And a few just for fun. I know I don't post a lot, But thank you ALL for all of the vast knowledge I have gotten from this site. I haven't been doing this long, and I absolutely love it.
  3. 6.97 a bd ft for us common folk up here in Wisconsin. Yahuh. Thankfully I have 100 bdft that is just about finished drying, in the house in TN.
  4. I'm using this laser and the funline designer twist pen. I presented the customer with the option of a single tube, he prefered the twist in the middle option. The kit I use only uses one small tennon, on a single bushing.
  5. Consider yourself blessed. I work 70 hours a week. I only have assigned rest days because after 20 years, I have enough seniority to hold a job that only works 5 days a week. I spent 18 years working on call, 24/7/365. Missed to many birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas's etc.
  6. I have been a train conductor for 20 years, the last 10 has been working passenger service in and out of Chicago. The deal all started with a regular rider purchasing one of my pens. It just goes to show that the best advice you ever hear about starting out making money selling your work, is have some of your work handy all the time. You never know when it will turn into something. I hope that these sixty pens lead to other orders from other people. Each pen will come in a plastic tube, with my business card. If nothing comes out of it, I had fun, and some of my hobby paid for itself.
  7. Since this is where it all started. Monday I signed a deal to make 60 pens for a company that will give them away as closing gifts on a deal they are doing. Brazilian Walnut, Each one laser enscribed with the company name. $50.00 dollars a pen. 6 weeks to deliver. This weekend I cut 70 pen blanks, 1x1x5. Measured and cut them all to appropriate halves, drilled 35, Glued in 35 brass tubes, Barrel trimmed the ends, and then turned 15 pens. Now Im laser enscribing them. Next week I will put the finish on them, and turn 15 more. Oh god, What have I done! I will post some pictures when I get some finished.
  8. AS Just Bob said, Warning, Warning, Warning.... Danger Will Robinson. Pen turning is HIGHLY addictive.
  9. Been away for a bit. Busy with holidays, and catch up, etc. I made a pen out of bullhorn, and antler. Gave it to a buddy for Christmas. (added a pic) Your absolutely right about antler and bullhorn smelling terrible. Kinda like a tooth at the dentist. I use a facemask whenever I am turning. Here are some pens I made this weekend.
  10. And my second attempt. I have learned a lot by reading, such as how easy it is to modify a slimline pen, once you get past the idea of the small center ring. The second picture is a slimline pen I turned out of deer antler. Sorry for the bad picture.
  11. Had a blast. Wife already claimed it. Made from scraps of cherry.
  12. My guy in kenosha, (just over the IL/WI border) charges 35 dollars an hour. But you have to take it to him.
  13. Im sticking with the notion that he should let me just come and get it. Then he doesn't have to worry about sticker, v. Non sticker, or how to stack it. I will eliminate ALL the hassle. See what a great facilitator I am?
  14. I have already painted the ends. I will restack it all when I get it down in TN. I was thinking about using ratchet straps, instead of weighting it down, like it is now. Im going to be putting it in the house, where the humidity is controlled. Im not in a big enough hurry to incur the added cost of kiln drying. I can wait.