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    Default Purpleheart and Jade 'Bamboo' Style fountain Pen

    Some time back, I got a custom order for one of my 'Bamboo' style pens, but with a bit of a twist - the request was that it be made from Purpleheart wood, and that rather than simple recessed ends as I usually do with this style, that the ends be decorated with inlaid green jewels.

    I must say that when I got this order, I thought 'no accounting for some people's taste' But, unusual requests are what custom is all about, so away I go.



    It seems I was wrong. As I put the combo together, I began to like it more and more, and now that it is done, I am rather taken by it. Of course, maybe that's just all the work that went into it, but still...




    The pen is made of purpleheart wood, as noted above, and the end jewel inlays are of Arizona Jade Tru-Stone. The threads are cut into black acrylic inserts in the cap and barrel, and the grip section is also of black acrylic. The finish is done in polished CA.



    One of the cool things about purpleheart is that when it is freshly cut or turned, it is a rather boring medium brown. But after exposure, it rapidly (over couple days) turns to a rich purple colour (which eventually turns to a rich dark brown months to years later with UV exposure).

    Thanks for looking!

    Ken

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    Default Re: Purpleheart and Jade 'Bamboo' Style fountain Pen

    You do such lovely work, Ken, and I always appreciate seeing your latest creations.
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    It's a very beautiful pen. I can see why you changed your mind about it.
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    Beautiful. Some body is lucky enough to have an amazing pen.

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    Default Re: Purpleheart and Jade 'Bamboo' Style fountain Pen

    Purple heart is looking great when it is fresh finished...after it turns brown which is not attractive anymore. So I gave up to build an electric guitar with purple heart years ago

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    This truly is a great looking pen, Ken.

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    Default Re: Purpleheart and Jade 'Bamboo' Style fountain Pen

    Quote Originally Posted by drgoretex View Post
    Some time back, I got a custom order for one of my 'Bamboo' style pens, but with a bit of a twist - the request was that it be made from Purpleheart wood, and that rather than simple recessed ends as I usually do with this style, that the ends be decorated with inlaid green jewels.

    I must say that when I got this order, I thought 'no accounting for some people's taste' But, unusual requests are what custom is all about, so away I go.



    It seems I was wrong. As I put the combo together, I began to like it more and more, and now that it is done, I am rather taken by it. Of course, maybe that's just all the work that went into it, but still...




    The pen is made of purpleheart wood, as noted above, and the end jewel inlays are of Arizona Jade Tru-Stone. The threads are cut into black acrylic inserts in the cap and barrel, and the grip section is also of black acrylic. The finish is done in polished CA.



    One of the cool things about purpleheart is that when it is freshly cut or turned, it is a rather boring medium brown. But after exposure, it rapidly (over couple days) turns to a rich purple colour (which eventually turns to a rich dark brown months to years later with UV exposure).

    Thanks for looking!

    Ken
    It looks awesome... I love this purple bamboo pen...

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    Default Re: Purpleheart and Jade 'Bamboo' Style fountain Pen

    Would urushi stop the purpleheart turning brown so quickly?

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