Grandson Peyton and His First Pen

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Project by rozzi posted 08-29-2010 10:35 PM 1963 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yesterday was my grandsons third birthday. Today he stopped to visit and wanted to stay a while. He likes to pound and dent my wood and beat my mallet on the work bench. Trying to save my wood and work bench I asked it he wanted make his mom something. He quickly seemed interested. He likes books and the other night he appeared excited about some of the photos in a pen turning book I have so I decided to let him assist with a pen. He helped pick a scrap of walnut. He watched as I roughed it out on the bandsaw. He help me mark the blanks and again watched me cut and drill them out. He sanded the brass tubes and again watched as I glued them in and trimed the barrels. He seemed real interested in the lathe and helped hold the gouge as we roughed them out. Lost interest as I finished turning, sanding and finishing them. When it was time to put them together he was back and handed me the pen parts as I pressed them together. Was excited with the finished project as he gave it a try. The first photo is Peyton with his safety glasses showing grandma the pen and how it worked. The second is the finished project – a slimline pen made from walnut. I am sure Grandpa had more fun than he did but the the look in his eye when he took it home to mom was worth it all. Some of my fondest memories where of time spent with my Grandpa in his small humble shop off the back of his garage and I hope this may be one of his. Another great hour in the shop. To me thats what its all about.

-- Duane, Iowa

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#1 posted 08-29-2010 11:40 PM

You can never start them too young, looks like it was a lot of fun!

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#2 posted 08-29-2010 11:45 PM

great project with the grandson :) he looks proud

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#3 posted 08-30-2010 01:12 AM

well spend time in the shop :-) hes face tell it all

thanks for sharing

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#4 posted 08-30-2010 02:15 AM

and now when his grandchildren ask what his first woodworking project was, he can show them the pen that he made at the age of 3!!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 08-30-2010 05:00 PM

That is a great story. The best times in the shop for me are the one spent with the kids. We may not get much done but it is so much more satifying. Keep up the good work.

-- Jon In Sunny California

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#6 posted 08-31-2010 02:59 AM

Great project.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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