This pen has been made using an Apprentice Roadster style pen kit. The burl wood is Box Elder, which is in the maple family. Care has been taken to apply several layers of color into the wood and then sealed with a super glue (cyanoacrylate) and friction polish finish. This Box Elder burl is native to Wyoming, grew in the Big Horn Mountains and then harvested near Ten Sleep, Wyoming. My pens have a 100% guarantee that covers workmanship and your satisfaction.
American Ash hollow form; 4" tall x 5" wide (X-35). This hollow form was turned when the wood was green causing it to warp and elongate through the pith. The pith has been left in the piece which is highlighted by the dark grain. Leaving the pith in, straight through the middle of the piece, is a technique that is seldom used. The reason is it "usually" results in splits and cracking around the pith. As you can see this hollow form is a success.
In this video Sam uses a 2 piece Silicone sphere mold-it works well for casting a nice round shape: but the mold is translucent. So adding the colors is difficult. The final color is dark-but Sam will show his solution in Part 2 "Turning a Sphere." Links.... Alumilite 2 part casting resin-link https://amzn.to/2OcUGsz Link to sphere mold used in this video: https://amzn.to/3iNtw9L Other turning tools you might like..... Robust live center-link https://amzn.to/38shpKL Robust 6” tool rest-link https://amzn.to/3isPZcb
In Part II Sam finishes the sphere by turning, sanding, and adding an LED light. He also turns a Box Elder Burl base for the sphere to sit on. This project turned into a night light. Link to Part I video--- "Turning a Cast Resin Sphere" "https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XH8vhxlbdr0&t=23s Link to LED light-https://amzn.to/32vf4h5 (I got my LED light from Home depot-so this is NOT the light I used, but should work) Links.... Alumilite 2 part casting resin-link https://amzn.to/2OcUGsz Link to sphere