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mark blabaum

Registered: June 2006
Location: Southwest - Wisconsin
Posts: 1,344
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I just thought I'd try to use some old Aluminum that I had laying around. It turns like butter and makes a nice accent ring. The top grip is maple, with bloodwood checkers. The lower grip is bloodwood with maple checkers. The finish on the handles is super glue. The lower rod is one I built on a St Croix flipping stick to try out the durability of CA for a grip finish. I applied the CA on the cork as well as the wood. I have used the grip for a week of hard fishing in the rain and so far so good. Time will tell though.
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Jorge Pozzobon

Registered: May 2007
Location: Passo Fundo - RS - Brasil
Posts: 1,147
Sat August 25, 2007 8:45pm

Go to recycle. Great use Mark
Mike Barkley

Registered: March 2005
Location: Southgate, Michigan
Posts: 1,141
Sun August 26, 2007 12:14am

Very Cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Mark Fisher

Registered: March 2005
Location: Broken Hill, N.S.W, Australia
Posts: 2,041
Sun August 26, 2007 12:44am

Great work Mark. Really beautiful.
sam fox

Registered: October 2005
Location: Harpers Ferry Iowa
Posts: 167
Sun August 26, 2007 8:21am

As always, great work Mark
Rich Handrick

Registered: September 2006
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 79
Sun August 26, 2007 11:33am

Nice job Mark - I have seen the "pen guys" use aluminum and brass with great results - yours looks awesome.

For the CA application, did you buff it or use MicroMesh to get that shine? It looks very good. I did a CA finish in a big leaf maple burl reelseat I put on a rod, and it turned out great. I seriously doubt there is a more durable finish out there.
James Labanowski

Registered: March 2005
Location: Oxnard, California
Posts: 2,083
Sun August 26, 2007 5:34pm

Awesome Mark. Glad to see you are putting a few of my empties to good use after our last meeting. Incredible work. Hey maybe we can use the pop tops as hook keepers. I can see I need to make a lot more rods to justify another brew.
mark blabaum

Registered: June 2006
Location: Southwest - Wisconsin
Posts: 1,344
Sun August 26, 2007 10:27pm

Rich, the finish was taken down to 2000 grit and then finished with wax. It looks good but I want to try buffing to get a deeper finish. Doc I recycled the emptys from our last meeting and have about a 20 year supply of aluminum. Putter I'm working on a couple of other pens and hope to get another to you soon. Thanks all Mark.
Paul Cook

Registered: April 2007
Posts: 1
Mon August 27, 2007 10:22am

What is CA?
mark blabaum

Registered: June 2006
Location: Southwest - Wisconsin
Posts: 1,344
Mon August 27, 2007 1:11pm

CA is Cyanoacrlate Adhesive (Super Glue). A lot of penturners and pool cue makers use it as a finish. It's a little on the toxic side so you have to be careful (mask & ventilation). I'm not sure how well it will hold up on the cork. The finish is hard and the cork is soft, the combination may cause cracks down the road, but one will never know unless you try.
Ed Casteel

Registered: October 2005
Location: Jackson, Mississippi
Posts: 37
Tue March 1, 2011 12:55am

Very nice...what did you use for the black trim rings?
mark blabaum

Registered: June 2006
Location: Southwest - Wisconsin
Posts: 1,344
Tue March 1, 2011 10:21pm

The black material is dyed black veneer. I have also used black colored gift cards and several other colored plastics.

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