Down, but not out...

This has been a week, being down most of it with a spring cold acquired sometime Monday when my wife and I went out to catch a late matinée of Iron Man. Today was the first day I felt well enough to play in the shop, so I took advantage of that with a few blanks set up from last weekend. The pen on the far right was actually turned last Sunday after I spent the day documenting all of the models and serial numbers for all of my power tools (quite the collection at this point, probably a good thing to have). It is an Acrylic 'Purple Rain' ballpoint twist Platinum Cigar finished with only wet sanded 12.5K grit micromesh. These are hefty pens but feel very solid when put to paper. The next two were turned this afternoon. The middle pen is an Aromatic Cedar ballpoint twist Gunmetal Slim Line finished with CA/Danish and High Speed Friction Wax. The pen on the left is a Bocote (I think), ballpoint twist Gunmetal Slim Line also finished with CA/Danish and High Speed Friction Wax. These are general inventory pens and are available from my website. I think if the weather remains good this week, I may get back to bowl turning. I still have three good sized cherry blanks and I finally got my grinding rig all setup for quick and accurate grinding of my bowl gouges. These tend to dull very quickly when turning semi-green wood, so I spent a little extra for a V pocket jig to make it faster.