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Gallery / Re: Latest collaboraion
« Last post by gwyntog on September 24, 2017, 08:59:50 PM »
We've come to expect some beautiful work from yourself and Mo, and this one certainly lives up to those expectations. The colours are really vibrant.
Les
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Gallery / Re: Latest collaboraion
« Last post by GBF on September 24, 2017, 07:54:57 PM »
Lovely work

Regards George
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Gallery / Re: Latest collaboraion
« Last post by malcy on September 24, 2017, 07:52:29 PM »
All I can say is beautiful. I am sure the lucky couple will love it and cherish it. Malcolm.
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Gallery / Latest collaboraion
« Last post by bodrighywood on September 24, 2017, 07:44:20 PM »
Sounds daft calling it a collaboration really as the main work that makes these special is down to Mo.  Mo's description is as follows :-

"Here is our latest decorated platter made especially as a wedding gift to two of the loveliest people. I was so touched when I asked them what they wanted for a present and was told please could they have a small decorated plate. This was the result a 14.5 inch sycamore platter with Orange Blossom for Eternal Love, Marriage and Fruitfulness. Ivy for Wedded Love and Fidelity and a Dragonfly for Free Will. The Bee because it has sort of become a trademark on these pieces and the leaf beetle because I was bored with ladybirds LOL XX "

Pete
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Gallery / Re: Its Olive
« Last post by georg on September 24, 2017, 02:03:52 PM »
    Mike  as already been said the overall impression is good.... The contamination in the centre certainly requires thought.
    Could it be some kind of solvent attacking the parts. Only a thought though.
    Kind Regards Tony d

   Ps If the olive was not dry it attacks all metals with vengeance .... as you will see from the pit marks in your tools
   if left un cleaned . It might be worth soaking or sanding the olive in soapy water to neutralise beforehand .
   Regards Tony
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General Discussion / Re: High quality pen kits
« Last post by bernuk1 on September 24, 2017, 12:42:58 PM »
I'm about to put together a range of items for sale within an 5-star hotel which has asked me to help them to run a little shop in their foyer, selling high quality, locally made art and craftwork. Rooms at this establishment can command over £1000 a night, so quality is the key!
I'm therefore looking for the highest quality pen kits that I can get. To date, I've found the Beaufort Ink Mistral, with its titanium gold/rhodium components, but there must be more out there.
Just wondering who's buying what and where they source it!
Les


Beaufort Inks and Taylors Mirfield (which is also British Made Pen Kits) are the high quality suppliers in UK.  I'm sure you realise it's not just the kit,but the combination of kit and blank which makes a high quality pen.Some clients will go for wood but others will prefer acrylics or hybrids.There are hundreds or thousands of choices out there.
Another thing to bear in mind that just because a person can afford £1000 for a room it doesn't mean they know what quality is these days.
There is  fb group  UK Pen Turners which I'm sure you'd find helpfull.

Regards,
Mike.
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Gallery / Re: Its Olive
« Last post by mikes on September 24, 2017, 11:28:10 AM »
Thanks Gentlemen.
A real learning experience. First real critique I've had on my work - makes you think!!
I'll try some more pens over the next few weeks and try to implement all your suggestions.
Thanks again.
Mike.
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General Discussion / Re: High quality pen kits
« Last post by The Bowler Hatted Turner on September 24, 2017, 08:32:39 AM »
Les try getting in touch with Ron Caddy.
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General Discussion / High quality pen kits
« Last post by gwyntog on September 24, 2017, 07:26:10 AM »
I'm about to put together a range of items for sale within an 5-star hotel which has asked me to help them to run a little shop in their foyer, selling high quality, locally made art and craftwork. Rooms at this establishment can command over £1000 a night, so quality is the key!
I'm therefore looking for the highest quality pen kits that I can get. To date, I've found the Beaufort Ink Mistral, with its titanium gold/rhodium components, but there must be more out there.
Just wondering who's buying what and where they source it!
Les
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Gallery / Re: Its Olive
« Last post by gwyntog on September 24, 2017, 07:21:49 AM »
Hi Mike, and thanks for posting.
The overall impresion is good; it's only when one enlarges the image that the finer detail becomes clear. If you open the image, then click to enlarge it, the end of the timber in the cap, where it abuts its plastic component, gives the impression that it wasn't fully trimmed with a barrel trimmer before turning. As Derek pointed out, any micro-fine dust sanded off the bushes then contaminates the timber, in this case by getting into the ragged grain. Maybe this is something that your average Joe-public wouldn't notice, but I find that when every detail is right and you offer that perfect pen for sale, even the average Joe-public seems to notice that it's a piece of quality....it's what helps you to sell at a higher price.
Don't be daunted....keep up the good work and do please have another go.

Les
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