Spring is in the Air

With spring in the air and the tulips in bloom, I thought a couple of nice Tulip Wood pens would be in order. Tulip wood is a Brazilian hard wood with a pinkish to yellowish heartwood with pronounced stripes of violet, salmon, and rose. Grain is interlocked and irregular with a medium to fine texture and a pleasantly mild fragrance when cut. From left to right, a Gold Atlas and a Gold/Black Gatsby. Both pens are twist-style ballpoint (Parker cartridges) and have a very good weight to them. In addition to the pens (I also turned a couple of Corian slim lines not pictured here), I chucked up two of the cherry bowls I turned yesterday and sanded them a bit and applied some danish oil finish. It really does make the grain pop.