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These barons went flat on me! Need to check the 'born on' date. Actually I turned the blanks round and used an out of production tool called The MillLathe, which is a stand alone ornamental mill. It uses a Dremel or Foredom tool for driving the cutters.
I've had it for over a year and after watching Rich demo his MillLathe in Provo and actually handling some faceted and spiral pens done by Rich, I decided to get mine out and learn to use it. Thanks to Rich for lots of help and encouragement.
The TEXAS TRILOGY is so named because of the use of three Texas icons as materials. These three materials are readily recognized by Texasn: white tail deer antler, rattlesnake skin, and mesquite. Enjoy.
This baron is made from snake skin blanks I cast myself. Most of you know that Jay Pickens and I have been playing with pressure casting polyester resin. This is the first pen from a casting where the resin was degassed using a vacuum pump prior to pressurizing the tank for the casting. The smaller picture shows the back of the pen where the seam is supposed to's there..where's Waldo? Enjoy!

Here is a couple of slimlines with snake skin tops. The blanks were cast by me. The top pen is madrone burl and the bottom is mesquite. Enjoy!
A sierra pen/pencil set made for Kurt Hertzog's birthday. Scott Hettle furnished the kits and conversion and I cast the snake skin blanks. Happy birthday Kurt. A tutorial on how I make snake skin blanks is almost finished.
Rattlesnake cast in Polyester Resin (by me) on a 10K Gentleman's Rollerball.
Gentleman's fountain pen. The Texas Flag is one of Ken Nelson's kits. Ken does a great job with his laser cut kits. Thanks Ken!

Texas Flag Sierra. The blank is one from Lyle Walden and the laser work was done by an engraving shop in the Dallas Ft. Worth Metroplex.
An alternative to using a pin chuck or an expanding closed end pen mandrel for making closed end pens. This setup uses a standard mandrel and bushing. The pen is turned to shape except for the very end waste portion. Leave enough to support the pen while sanding and finishing. Sand and finish then complete the parting off of the waste portion. Then, use masking tape to tape and secure the pen to the mandrel and nose of the headstock and sand and finish the very end of the pen. Although this is not a new technique, it was to me and I must thank John Solberg for showing this to me while doing a demo at bubasville, Texas. Thanks John.
This pen is the result of a request from a cigar smoker. I suggested a cigar pen but it was rejected, so I came up with this "cigar" pen. I even had his wife send me some of the bands from the cigars he smokes. Not being a cigar smoker muyself, I placed the band at the wrong location. The owner liked it anyway. The pen was built using components from a penache.
Same pen open.

This is the El Toro rattlesnake pen that was featured in the Stylus article this summer (2007). Thanks to Rich for spearheading this endeavor.
These were the four pens I sent to the AAW booksigning during the annual symposium last summer (2006), I wonder, did anyone receive a thank you from any of the receipents?
Mona Lisa printed on a peel off label, stuck to the tube, and cast in polyester resin. Pretty neat! Casting was done by Bruce Robbins.
Three snake skin sierras. One is printed on a label and cast in resin like Mona Lisa (look left). Can you tell which is the faux skin? Yep, it's in the middle. We are working on getting a little more texture to the print. The blank was turned by me and casting was done by Bruce Robbins.

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