Pen Turner's Workbook: Step-by-Step Instructions for 9 Projects

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In-depth instruction and creative ideas for both the novice who has never made a pen and the experienced turner looking for a fresh approach are detailed in this book. From choosing a mini-lathe and turning tools to mastering pen turning basics, and from choosing woods and alternative materials to marketing finished work, everything woodworkers need to know to complete a practical and beautiful custom pen is detailed. Step-by-step instructions are provided for making a variety of pens, including a box elder ...
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Overview

In-depth instruction and creative ideas for both the novice who has never made a pen and the experienced turner looking for a fresh approach are detailed in this book. From choosing a mini-lathe and turning tools to mastering pen turning basics, and from choosing woods and alternative materials to marketing finished work, everything woodworkers need to know to complete a practical and beautiful custom pen is detailed. Step-by-step instructions are provided for making a variety of pens, including a box elder comfort pen, a bird’s eye maple rollerball pen, a maple burl click pen, a Lacewood Cigar Pen, a pen out of polygem, and a roller-ball-style pen made out of wood and corian. Each step is accompanied by a color photograph and instructional caption.
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Handcrafting pens has become a popular specialty area of woodturning, and many companies now offer reasonably priced miniature lathes, making the craft accessible even to beginners. This is the ideal way to use productively small pieces of material that may otherwise be discarded. Gross, owner of BG Artforms, gears his instructions toward beginners, though crafters of all skill levels will learn something. After describing the required equipment and materials (wood is the most common material, but Corian, horn, and acrylic are also used), he shows how to prepare the pen blanks for turning. His instructions for tool use are clear, as are his step-by-step instructions for assembly and finishing (color photographs show each step clearly). In 11 projects, Gross shows how to make a variety of shapes and styles and deal with varying handle materials. He also offers a detailed troubleshooting section, as well as tips for selling one's creations. An excellent introduction that should be part of most public library collections. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781565232150
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Pages: 80
  • Product dimensions: 8.44 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Barry Gross is the owner of BG Artforms and a frequent contributor to Scroll Saw Workshop magazine. He lives in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2005

    Everything you need to know to turn a pen

    As a newbie to pen turning, I was looking for a book that would give me a step-by-step explanation of how to set up the pen blank for turning on the lathe. I also wanted an explanation of the parts/pieces used in turning a pen such as what a mandrel is and how it is used to turn the pen, what bushing are and what they were used for, what stains and finishes were the best to use and some project ideas. The book begins by explaining which lathe (in case you don¿t have one) to buy for they type of project you plan to turn. Lathes can be used for turning other projects than just pens and the author provided that information as well. He continues with which tools and materials are good to work with and he even explains how to ¿approach¿ the wood with the tool while it is on the lathe. He has a section on stains and finishes which I plan to try. I knew about dyes but not which one(s) to try. The author cleaned that up for me for which I am grateful. Then we come to the first project, a Slimline pen. While the photos were very good in showing what was being explained in words, this project didn¿t explain how the bushings were used or even what they were for. Never having turned a pen, I was lost but I kept reading. In Project Two, in Step Six, how to place the bushings on the mandrel was finally explained. Yippie, now I can give turning a pen a try because I know how to ¿load¿ the mandrel. Maybe putting this explanation in Project One might be a good idea when the book gets a rewrite. There are nine projects and six material types shown so I shouldn¿t run out of ideas on what materials to use or what style of pens to turn. He even provides a section on how to market what you turn. This book was everything I was looking for in a pen turning tutorial book. If you are planning to turn pens, I would definitely recommend this easy to read and easy to understand book.

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