good looking pen. Ken, your comment about it being "funny looking cocobolo" gives me an idea for a pen blank. In fact, I've been thinking about blanks for a while now. Guess I ought to get off my duff and do some experiments. 8-)
That is the very rare redwoodburlblackwood cocobolo.
Here's the story. There are a lot of firsts in this pen for me.
I was in the process of making what was going to be a nice looking cocobolo euro (first euro). In fact I was nearly done when I made one pass too many with the skew and had a catch that was too deep to turn/sand out. I tried filling it (first attempt to repair a blank), but it didn't work, so finally I bit my lower lip and cut the blank off the tube.
After looking through my blanks, I decided to try a redwood burl blank that I had recently picked up but hadn't turned before (another first). Then I go to thinking a little more. I am not a huge fan of the OD/ID proportion and transition of the euro so I put my own centerband on. I made the ID a little bigger (matched the comfort pen OD) and turned the transition a little smoother, all the while I was hoping the larger hole was centered on the center tube hole enough to work. I also thought that the redwood seemed a little soft and might tend to chip on the end so I added a band of blackwood to each end of the blank to match the center (overall, first segmented pen). The finish is unoxal (first time used).
I did have some frustration with the kit, pretty much my own fault though. I lost the threaded insert for the finial, and I managed to scuff the finish on the tip when pressing it together (both firsts also by the way). With the buildup of the finish, the twist mechanism got a little tight but should loosen up in time. You can also see a spot in the picture where the blackwood bled into the redwood on the centerband making the transition not as sharp as I hoped.
After that long post, I would like to get some feedback on the design. I am not sure if the centerband is too thick proportionally to the other two bands and the pen. The end bands match each other, and the center is the same plus the thickness of the kit centerband.
The last first is this is the first thing I have turned that has been posted anywhere.