Finally got the Wife to make her first Pen!

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Project by Hacksaw007 posted 09-21-2010 02:12 AM 2188 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, after a long time I finally got the wife to make her first pen! Janet, my wife has always been a bit reluctant to do much of any woodworking. She has always watched me. Getting her to do this was quite a victory for both her and me. She has had two strokes in the last 6 years, and while she is just about back to 100% it has taken it’s toll on her self esteem. But as you can see, she was all smiles. The blue pen is her first all by her self pen. You can see the starting list of the rest of her creations. She is using my mighty small Carba-Tech lathe, which is set up for full time pen making. This is a good lathe to learn by.

She is using some of the woods that I get at work, laminated colors of birch woods. Friction finish on these pens. I can’t wait to have her make more harder stuff. But for now she knows that she can turn pens. A great ego boost for her and I! Thanks for looking, and for your comments. Heck it this keeps up, I will have to get her own LJ’s page…...

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#1 posted 09-21-2010 02:16 AM

Way to go Janet!!! I was so happy to see this! You did great and I hope that you continue. I will be looking forward to seeing your other projects and perhaps your own page here ! You go girl!

Sheila :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 09-21-2010 02:21 AM

Beautiful work Janet, looking forward to more of your pens. PS: how about getting her, her own lath.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#3 posted 09-21-2010 02:54 AM

Great first pen! I like the colors.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 09-21-2010 03:10 AM


You keep it up! Great job! Remember woodworking is about having fun. Your are now a Lumberjock.

-- Bob Clark, Tool Collector and Sawdust Maker

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#5 posted 09-21-2010 03:18 AM

... but what if she really likes it… and you have to make a long range appointment to see your tools?

It is wonderful for your Mrs to make some great stuff.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#6 posted 09-21-2010 03:57 AM

One never knows until they try!

I was talking with a buddy about the differences between farm raised kids and city. The farm kids just have more experience and skills ‘doing’ things, therefore, they’re able to adapt to ‘life’. City kids (not all btw) seem to have an attitude (at least the ones I see in schools) and would rather play games on the computer instead of learn.

The point being that ‘experience’ however it is obtained, is a good thing. Embrace the opportunity when it arises!

You may find yourself buying more tools in the future however….

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#7 posted 09-21-2010 05:51 AM

Great Job!!!! And an even better story. Thanks for sharing and I hope to see some bigger projects very soon. God Bless both of you.

-- Luke 23: 42-43

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#8 posted 09-21-2010 11:39 AM

woo hoo!!! Janet, are you addicted yet?? :)

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

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#9 posted 09-21-2010 04:51 PM

That’s awesome, I cant get my wife to stop stealing pens. Both her and my daughter.

-- Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

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#10 posted 09-21-2010 07:16 PM

Gorgeous Pens, Janet!!

Looking forward to seeing lots more turning projects from you!!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#11 posted 09-21-2010 07:34 PM

Great job with the pens. I can tell that, hubby is impressed as well. Now that he trusts you with the lathe, tell me something else? Will he shoot the Ammo that you reload yet? If he does then, I know he truly appreciates you! Sorry I couldn’t resist looking at the first photo and seeing the powder measure. My shop doubled as a reloading area for several years as well. Keep on keeping on Janet.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#12 posted 09-21-2010 07:43 PM

Great Job!!! I don’t think you will have to worry about getting her her own LJ page… I think you will end up buying her own tools :-) you know how it is…. everybody has their own preference when it comes to tools!!!
Great Job Janet!! this is just the start! keep going and show hubby what Janet can do!!!!

-- "Does this lathe makes my butt look big?"

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#13 posted 09-21-2010 08:22 PM

great work Janet, that wasn´t so hart was it :-)
don´t say yes becourse your smile says it all…lol

Hacksaw007 (Bob) I think you have to build a new shop to youself in the near future
becourse it wont bee long before she will fill this one with wood for big bowls and columms

ceep up the good work Janet , I´m not into this turning thing but I wuold realy like to see how you
develop your skills in the future

take care both of you

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