Saturday, May 22, 2010

Kallenshaan Woods

What a great May meeting we had!

Ken and Colin Nelson, of Kallenshaan Woods, makers of laser cut pen body kits, brought a nice selection of their products and actually made a pen during the meeting. Here, Ken describes how to put the pen body kit together on a mandrel and load it onto the lathe.

He also brought a nice selection of finished pens.

The pen on the lower left has a hot air balloon design,
and although it's hard to see the actual detail, all of those pieces are individual pieces of wood, dyed and reassembled together, just like a puzzle would go together. As Ken explained the manufacturing process, it's clear that he's put a great deal of thought and expertise into these kits.

Ken began the demo by roughing out the body of the pen with a simple
skew cut. This father/son duo really complemented each other, each had their area of expertise.

Colin begins the finishing process, by applying a CA finish.

If you want more information about his technique, check out Colin's website.

He finishes up the process by wet sanding, using micro-mesh papers. The video below shows his quick and effective methods. Thanks to both Ken and Colin for not only a fantastic demo, but for all the goodies they shared with the group.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Wednesday, May 19th. Reminder

       Just in case you haven't checked out the link for our demonstration this Wednesday you can click here  to see what is in store for us.  Ken Nelson is the creator of some outstanding kits for making wooden pens.  I'm sure you remember Jamie talking about them at the last meeting.  She mentioned one that was similar to a jig saw puzzle and I just couldn't picture that one in my head but looking at the website put it all together.  Why not check Ken's site before the meeting and maybe ask him about a design that intrigues you.  If you haven't done so already, go to the Meet Up page and RSVP for the meeting.  See you there......

Friday, May 7, 2010

How I Love Wood -- Gorgeous!!

Just wanted to share this image of the crib I've talked about making for my first grandson.  The cap is a piece of curly maple that also had birdseye in it.  I scraped it and then finished with many coats of platinum shellac followed by rubbing out with 4/0 steel wool and Liberon Black Bison wax.  Hope my grandson to be doesn't decide to use it for teething!