Complete Guide to Turning Pens & Pencils: Techniques and Projects for Turners of All Levels

Complete Guide to Turning Pens & Pencils: Techniques and Projects for Turners of All Levels

by Walter Hall


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Perfect for turners and crafters of all abilities. The Complete Guide to Turning Pens & Pencils lives up to its name. Here’s everything you need, even if you’re just starting out, to craft your own custom-made writing instruments.

15 enticing projects. Build your turning skills as you work your way through these gorgeous projects that range from beginner to advanced. Master the sanding, polishing, and finishing techniques to craft pens and pencils from scratch or using blanks. Learn to work with wood, acrylics, or polymer clay and how to choose the right mechanisms.

Minimum investment for maximum enjoyment. The beauty of these projects is that you can turn out beautiful work using little more than a standing or even a portable lathe. And, even the most time-starved crafters can fit these projects into a busy schedule.

Inspiration and instruction from a pro. Author Walter Hall, an accomplished wood turner in the U.K., shares a wealth of ideas and trade secrets in this complete guide. Springboard off of his experience to create your own works of art.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781600853654
Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/04/2011
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 724,875
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

WALTER HALL has been turning pens and pencils for more than 20 years, crafting them from fine rare timbers, man-made materials, and sustainable wood. He sells his pens through The Chantry craft center in Morpeth, Northumberland, U.K., and on his website, He's also a regular contributor to "Woodturning "magazine as a product reviewer.

Table of Contents

Part 1, Equipment and Materials
Chapter 1. Tools Lathes and Equipment Mandrels and work holding
Drills and drilling equipment
Chisels and gouges (incl. sharpening)
Blank trimmers
Assembly tools
The Beall Pen Wizard

Chapter 2. Materials Timber
Stabilised wood and laminated materials
Polymer Clays
Laser cut blanks
Other materials

Chapter 3. Types of kit Some notes on plating
Basic Kits
More advanced kits
Sources of supply (incl. notes on importing)

Chapter 4. Finishes Friction polishes
Buffing Compounds Protective waxes

Part 2, Techniques
Chapter 5. Techniques Safety
Blank preparation: Cutting, Drilling, Gluing tubes,
Trimming blanks.
Work holding on the lathe: Mandrels, Between centres.
Turning: Timber, Stabilised wood, Acrylics, Polymer Clays.
Sanding and polishing: Timber, Other materials.
Finishing: General, Friction polishes, Lacquers, Cyanoacrylate, Buffing.

Part 3. Projects and Gallery
Chapter 6. Projects Eight Basic Projects
Eight Intermediate Projects
Four Advanced Projects

Chapter 7. Gallery of pens and pencils

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