Most woodworkers have some airborne dust and particulates floating in their shop, and some of those particles can settle on a not-quite-dried finish. George Vondriska demonstrates a neat and inexpensive trick for protecting small woodworking projects from dust when finishing. A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video.
For a different look in your shop-made pens, try any of the various counter-top materials. Not only do they result in a beautiful pen, but you can get your materials for little or no money. A WoodWorkers Guild of America (WWGOA) original video.