Some lathe time after a week with the cold from hell.

After being knocked senseless for over a week by the cold from hell (I'm blaming my office co-workers), I finally had a weekend where I did not have any major scheduled events and I felt healthy to play out in the shop. I have a few new kits I've been wanting to try lately, and one special project I needed to get done this weekend. The pens from left to right include: A Slimline Pro gel-writer pen and pencil set dressed in Redheart. The metal finish is silver satin and the mechanism for both instruments is a click style. The Slimline Pro design is similar to the standard slimline with a slightly wider body and clean straight line design in the clip. The wider body allows for a gel-writer cartridge versus standard ballpoint. The pencil features a .7mm mechanism with an eraser behind the click cap. The finish is BLO/CA with high speed three wheel buffing. The second pen was a request from my wife. She wanted a turned pen small enough to fir comfortably in her pocket. There are several different kits available in a shortened format, I opted to try the Credit Card Ballpoint style. The pen features a twist mechanism mini-ballpoint reload with Silver Satin plating and dressed in Bolivian Rosewood. The width is comparable to a standard slimline ballpoint. The next pen is a 2-Way Tech 24kt Gold Twist Pen with Bethlehem Olive Wood. This pen is actually for me. Since I got a new touchscreen cell phone recently, I wanted a PDA stylus I could have on hand for jotting notes. This particular mechanism can load two different nibs (it ships with three, a plastic PDA stylus and one black and one red mini-ballpoint cartridges). I loaded the black ballpoint and plastic PDA stylus, and this will be the pen I carry with me. The last item I turned today was a last minute birthday gift. I completely forgot my mothers birthday last week, which turned out to be O.K. since I did not see her anyway due to my bad cold. I am planning on meeting up with her for lunch this week, and I wanted to make her a little something since she objects to getting gifts. I have a lot of walnut aging in my shop, so I decided to crack into some of it and make a Chinese Hat Box. The dimensions are about 4.5inches in diameter, and 5 inches high. The finish is Danish Oil and high speed buffing with Tripoli and White Diamond. Total time is about 3 hours. I should have spent a bit more time on the lid bottom and bottom of the body, but I am still satisfied by the overall presentation.