The Family Takes a Turn

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Project by clieb91 posted 11-07-2010 11:31 PM 2310 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This weekend was the “Turn for the Troops” event sponsored by the local Woodcraft. I have only turned one pen before and thought it would be cool to do another one for a good cause. My wife liked the idea and agreed to turn one as well. While talking to Lee from Woodcraft we found that a few young kids had turned some earlier and he would be glad to help if our daughter wanted to try her hand. She likes to work in the shop a lot as mentioned in previous posts of mine so she wanted a turn. So we were able to turn 3 pens to send to troops. Each one got a tag to write a note on as you can see in the third picture.
We all had a lot of fun and I have been asked as to what supplies I have to be able to do some more pens at home. I have a feeling I will finally be setting up that lathe of mine, hope I get some time on it as well. :)

Thanks to everyone there, and more so thank you to our current troops and those that have served.


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

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 11-07-2010 11:40 PM

Woodturning is a great thing for the whole family to do.

Thanks for sharing

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 11-08-2010 12:15 AM

very cool….I’m getting a mini lathe tomorrow..can’t wait to try it out. I’m getting mine mostly for pens, hope to work up from there.. Great looking pens

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#3 posted 11-08-2010 12:56 AM

Good family fun for a good cause. Good job by all three of you.

-- Duane, Iowa

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#4 posted 11-08-2010 12:59 AM

That is cool that you guys did this as a family. All your pens look great. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 11-08-2010 01:57 AM


--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#6 posted 11-08-2010 03:56 AM

Great fun! Thanks for the posting.

-- -Willing to try

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#7 posted 11-08-2010 12:09 PM

isn’t this wonderful.
Love the pictures.
Congrats on the new lathe purchase—we all know it is going to happen. Might as well say congrats right now :D

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

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#8 posted 11-08-2010 02:14 PM

Hi all, Thanks for the comments. A I said we had a lot of fun.
MsDebbie, the kicker is that I have a lathe already just need to clear the table off and get my chisels sharpened up. Plan on having that done in the new year if not a little sooner, as my wife has expressed she would like to make a pen for her dad. So may have a few more turned projects coming for the holidays.


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

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#9 posted 11-08-2010 02:36 PM

oh yes.. once the turning-bug hits there is no stopping it and with gift-giving time around the corner, well, what better time to get started! :)
One gift will turn into two, and three.. then requests by family/friends.. and so on and so on and so on.

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

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#10 posted 11-08-2010 02:49 PM

Nice going and a wonderful post. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#11 posted 11-09-2010 08:08 PM

The troops will love these pens!! great job guys!

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

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#12 posted 11-11-2010 03:05 PM

Chris – it is addicting. I be helping with the Freedom pens at the Woodcraft in Spingfield, VA. I have been teaching the Pen Class for about 12 years. I’m getting better. Each class I learn something from the students. Many go on to excel far beyond what I have done. Here are few great sites below. I also have some word files and PDF with info. If anyone would like them, send me an e-mail. It’s my attempt at helping others get up to speed and enjoy pen turning.

Penn State –
Hut –
Berea –
Convention –
Arizona Silhouette –
Kallenshaan Woods (Laser work) –
Lou Metcalf –
Pen Maker’s Guild –

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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