Good morning, this coming weekend, (March 22nd/23rd), please come visit me, (Artisan Wood Crafts by Gary), at the Bonita Spring Craft Faire!
The faire is on Friday the 22nd from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday the 23rd from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
I will have a booth with my handcrafted artisan pens, kaleidoscopes, cutting boards and more interesting and beautiful one of a kind woodcrafts. This is a great time to check out some unique gift ideas for Graduations, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Birthdays and all occasions!
Come on down and check out all the great hand crafted gifts giving or for keeping. Hope to see you there, Gary
Sweetwater Community Church
5305 Sweetwater Road, Bonita CA 91902
People often remark about the beauty of my pen finishes and ask how I achieve these finishes, so I will briefly outline some steps that I take. After the pen has been turned to shape on the lathe (to a size exactly proper for the mechanism “fitting” to be used), the rest of the process continues with the pen still spindled on the lathe.
Dry sandpaper is sequentially applied to the spinning pen in coarseness grits of 150, 240, 320, 400 and 600 respectively. After the application of each grit of sandpaper the lathe is stopped, and I laterally sand the pen by hand. This is important because the spinning lathe leaves sandpaper scratches in a radial direction. The process of hand sanding after each grit ensures that all I have removed all the scratches. These steps take time and patience but that is the commitment I give to make my finely detailed artisan pens.
At this point, depending on the type of pen material, some sort of sealer is often applied. While not normally needed for acrylics, most woods and other materials benefit from CA, epoxy or other sealers. Most pen turners stop the process at this point.
I continue the process by wet sanding in a variety of grits, always including 320 and ending with 800. By now, the pen looks beautiful but is not yet done! I apply ten more coats of CA, and then start the wet sanding process again with 1500 grit through 12,000 grit. Not done yet !
The mixtures I use are dependent on the pen materials involved, and I think you will agree the results are superb. Finally, I use two buffing wheels with white diamond compound followed with a clean, dry buffing wheel. A little renaissance wax museum curation, hand buff soft cloth. The gloss and depth is stunning.
So there you are, as you can tell there is a lot of time attention to detail involved in my process. Starting from a block of wood that I turned to shape with a chisel on a lathe, ensured the components fit perfectly and created a glass like finish which brings out all the inherent beauty of a fine handmade pen!
Ya! We are up and running, the store is open and the shop is cutting and turning beautiful artisan crafts. Come on in and look around I am adding new artisan custom crafts every day. Look around, ask some questions, tall me what you think or tall me what you would like to see. Please get yourself a cup of hot coffee hang out awhile. Be sure to check out my newest Statesman Rollerball pen, “Fire Rescue & Flame” it is Red Hot! Ready to be gifted to that special person you know who deserves a Thank you or a graduation gift or maybe for your self just because ! Thank you for checking me out at Artisan Woodcrafts by Gary