My first attempt at penmaking

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Blog entry by SCOTSMAN posted 09-24-2008 09:40 PM 2262 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have done a lot, or at least a reasonable quantity of woodturnings over the last 12 years or so and have several nice woodturning lathes as well as a large machinist lathe with variable speed.I recently bought one of the American Delta midi lathes and tried after exhaustive reading and dvd watching I can recommend the current dvd’s and book to go with it if you are interrested in pen making REX AND KIP make these two dvds for pen making and a book to accompany them hope you enjoy and aprove of my efforts kindest regards to my fellow woodworkers/jock’s Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#1 posted 09-25-2008 01:16 AM

I have to warn you, pen making is very addictive!
nice looking set you’ve got there.

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#2 posted 09-25-2008 03:22 AM

Darryl beat me to it… but yes, welcome to the addiction.
There’s no 12 step program.
I’ve been told it loosens its grip after about 1000 pens – or is that when you finally hit your stride?... either way, Happy turning!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#3 posted 09-25-2008 08:22 PM

Great looking pens! Being a master woodworker that you are there is no dought you could do anything dealing with wood. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 09-25-2008 10:32 PM

Many thanks guys and God Bless you too Tom. All very kind your comments inspire me so much.I am currently working on a computer desk for my eldest son Also called Alistair I am about to attach the top to it and should have it ready for photographs next week as I have been working on it for about 6 weeks or so. I will be pleased to show you them soon kindest regards and brotherly love to my American cousins etc Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#5 posted 10-22-2008 05:48 AM

I really like the fat bottomed one with the burl & purple color woods. Is that one type of wood or two? It looks like it would be comfortable to use, especially for arthritic hands. I am finding that even using rounded flatware feels better than a thin style of utensil and I don’t have arthritis like my Dad’s hands are showing. I dread the day I can’t use my hands as being able to create things has always been my reward. Keep up the wonderful creativity!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#6 posted 10-22-2008 12:31 PM

The first pen usually costs about $400.00 to make. It goes down from there.

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