Pen Making Update 21: The polyester challenge (more details in comments)

First of all I need to ask you. Please, please, please take a look at the charity auction over on [newton pens]( All of the money goes to help kids get a good education, I make nothing from this but I think it is a fantastic cause. There is only a few days left of the auction. All I ask is that you take a look and hopefully help raise some money for the kids. On with the usual update now.

So, the covering image is my current carry around pens. Thought I would share here rather than making 2 posts.

Polyester, oh Polyester, my nemesis, the brittle horrible material that is polyester. Since I started this journey in making pens and it has stumped me whenever I have used it. However I have progressed and I thought I would give it another go. So next week that is my plan, I am starting with [this]( so let’s see what I end up with. With that in mind, what would people like to see me make out of it? If you don’t tell me what I should make I will see what I can do. Go wild people, challenge me.

I am trying to make a minimum of 1 pen a week now and I intend on taking said pens along to the monthly London meetup if I ever get the chance to go. With a young family though I need to check with my wife when I can go, so it won’t be every month, family comes first. I made my wife a pen, another one, I know, but it was in her favourite colour. [Here it is](, what do you think? I am very proud of this one. When I did this one I timed how long it took me, came out at 3 Hours and 45 minutes.

I decided to see if I could make a second pen and I wanted to practise a design I had already done for the barrel so I made another full taper pen. Here is the blank to [begin with](, the taper being


(, the horrible


( and finally the


( This is what I


( [up with](

Lastly, if you are interested in a custom pen made by me then please get in contact. My website is below for you to have a look at and I have some pens I have made on there already. I am willing to work with you to come up with a design that you will love and you will have total control over what you want it look like. Drop me a line. Have a good week.

[Den’s Pens](

Oh before I forget, those of you in France and Spain, please take care of yourselves in the oncoming heat wave.

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