I was sifting through my off-cut bin and found a bit of red mallee too small for a traditional 120mm blank. I was going to use it as a half blank to make a Sierra pen but it was just long enough to make this pen. Drilling the blank on the lathe, I chipped the last few millimetres and though that I had stuffed the blank.

Fortunately it was salvageable.

Sanded the blank down to  1200 grit sandpaper before I started to apply the 20 thin coats of CA. Once finished I wet sanded the blank down  with micro mesh to 12,000 grit then used Brasso as a final buff before I protected the blank with automotive wax.

Red Mallee is easy to turn, a nice dense timber which holds a good shine. This particular blank was a very rich burgundy red, which I love.

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