Asked on May 08, 2014


I've been turning my own wood pens on the lathe out of burled, spalted and exotic woods. This pic is an example of 4 that I made with different hardware and type of woods. So far I have not stained them but just sealed with a clear sealer. Do you think if you were to want one, would you prefer it stained darker or stained a colour like green, red, etc? I'm new to making them so not quite sure what the market or demand is. All feedback appreciated!
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q my custom turned pens do they need stain, crafts, woodworking projects
q my custom turned pens do they need stain, crafts, woodworking projects
  24 answers
  • KathrynElizabeth Etier KathrynElizabeth Etier on May 08, 2014
    No! They are perfect just the way they are. I would definitely prefer them in their natural color with a clear seal, I think they are very handsome.

  • Pam Park Pam Park on May 08, 2014
    I personally like the natural color. Make just a few colored and see what the market does

  • Richard Monje Richard Monje on May 08, 2014
    Maybe a little toung oil to seal them

    • Porta Verde Studio Porta Verde Studio on May 08, 2014
      @Richard Monje Hi, they've been sealed with C2 glue which is a special sealer for woodturning. It's just a very low sheen. The more they are buffed on the lathe, the shinier they become. Some a left more natural than others.

  • Cheryl @ Artzzle Cheryl @ Artzzle on May 08, 2014
    @1 result is available, use up and down arrow keys to navigate.Porta Verde Studio These are beautiful, but then I always prefer the natural wood. I do think people would enjoy a light color too, as long as it didn't hide the grain.

  • Z Z on May 08, 2014
    They are beautiful just the way they are, though staining them would be very interesting too as stain often brings out the grain more.

  • No! Beautiful just like they are... the details of the natural wood and the original color is gorgeous. Awesome work!

  • Sue Merron Sue Merron on May 09, 2014
    I think that they should be left natural. The natural wear from being used will make them look great

  • CS CS on May 09, 2014
    Gorgeous! You could try an oil finish such as Watco Danish Oil on a piece of scrap wood to see how you like that to. It give it a beautiful rich rubbed finish as opposed to a colored finish.

  • Janet Smith Janet Smith on May 09, 2014
    Very pretty as they are now. I do like the idea of using Watco as it will give them a nice finish without changing the color too much.

  • Carol Carol on May 10, 2014
    I think the way they are is great but I would also like to see some stained

  • JMTaylor70 JMTaylor70 on May 10, 2014
    The natural color is so beautiful. I would leave it.

  • Angela Bello Angela Bello on May 10, 2014
    Wow! I love them as is but you can make a few with a light stain and sell them all!

  • Tegma Tegma on May 10, 2014
    I wouldn't do anything to the colors..... just seal them. They are wonderful!

  • Pam Bolton Pam Bolton on May 10, 2014
    I like them just the way they are. Great job!

  • Linda Linda on May 11, 2014
    If selling ask buyer if they want the pen stained or not. I like them just as they are.

  • Patti Cagle Patti Cagle on May 12, 2014
    Just wax them when you have them on the lathe and they will be stunning! It really brings out the grain and provides a finish that protects them from the oil on your fingers. put a little wax on a soft cloth, them buff afterwards with a clean cloth. They will be even more beautiful!

  • Judith Thomas De Neville Judith Thomas De Neville on May 13, 2014
    I think they are beautiful .... the natural is wonderful with the graining, but for another 'look' ..... perhaps add a light stain to show the grain but just add a little interest. A color Iike red or green ... No .... I think you would lose the grain...... good luck, let's see some ideas you have tried. Have pinned you!

  • Buck Buchanan Buck Buchanan on Mar 24, 2016
    I always wax them while still on the lathe. You can either bring them to a high luster with a friction polish (Mylands is my go to) or a satin finish with a Hut brand wax bar. I also use carnuba wax to help harden the finish. I dislike staining burls, but will if the predominant color is white. You should try experimenting with different methods of finishing. I've also use a ca finish, for that glass look.

  • Becky Becky on Mar 24, 2016
    They are gorgeous! Maybe just put a clear satin sheen on them to bring out even more of the beauty of the wood.

  • All33532491 All33532491 on May 31, 2018
    I wouldn’t anything or something that would make them shine

  • Emily Emily on Jun 01, 2018
    They are very beautiful. You could try a limited number is all finishes you like. Once I bought my husband such a pen at a craft fare. These are a good thing to make.

  • Deana Thaxton Samms Deana Thaxton Samms on Jun 01, 2018
    I wouldn't stain them. The natural wood has so much character. I'd just finish and let each one be unique.

  • Janet Smith Janet Smith on Jun 05, 2018
    Stain will protect them from oil on a person's hands. The pens are lovely!

  • Jst48113503 Jst48113503 on Sep 23, 2019

    You could try a .CA finish which show the grain.