This one ought to be added to the Amazing Stories of Sharing, all enabled via flickr photosharing.

cc licensed ( BY NC ) flickr photo shared by windsordi

Back in December, I posted a photo of some really solid oak that had been split for me (it was like iron)

cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog

Di, who is among the most prolific of kind commenting in flickr, was a bit horrified at the thought of my burning the wood- as she does creative things with wood, turning them (literally) into pens:

I’m crying right now… as I look at some of the spalting in that gnarly wood, I’m seeing GREAT pen turning opportunities… I’ve added some notes to a couple of the logs… here’s what I’d be doing with them…

Feel like cleaning up a block or two of the wood? (no bark across the border) and I’ll send you back a pen? ;-)

How could I resist that? I don’t want to see a grown creative woman cry! So I picked a log with interesting internal texture, packaged it up, and had it sent o Canada (not, it is not really cheap, but as you see above worth it!)

It’s really worth looking at her set to see how an ordinary log gets made into a beautiful pen.

I am at the Houston airpot now, eager to get back to Strawberry, and hopefully being able to post a photo soon of my new pen.

Thanks, Di! And I still have a lot of that wood saved in the shed.


The post "Amazing Story: From CogDogLog to Turned Pens" was originally pulled charred and crispy from a smoky charred oven at CogDogBlog ( on March 5, 2011.


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