Tuesday, 27 August 2013
True Bamboo: Yep, Finally Did It.
Well, after making so many 'Bamboo' style pens, and then working on one made of bamboo 'wood', it was really kind of inevitable that I would eventually make one of these.
When I first saw one of Sailor's 'Susutake' pens some time ago, I knew that I would eventually have to have a go at a real bamboo pen. This is only a first attempt, of course, and while I am pretty happy with the result, there are a few things I would do differently next time. For instance, the bamboo stalk I used here was simply 'what I could find', not having a great source for bamboo around Manitoba. It is a bit thicker than I would have preferred, and I think I will do the end jewels a bit differently next time. I am pretty happy with the combination of blonde cane and green thread wrap, though I might try to find some darker cane and do a wrap with burgundy or chestnut thread on the next one.
The pen is sealed and stabilized inside and out with low viscosity CA, and is finished with Tru-Oil varnish. It is fitted with an 18 K fine nib.
Thanks for looking!