My first pen

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Project by THOMRIDER posted 12-16-2010 03:38 PM 1551 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I went to Woodcraft in Cincinnati last night and Ryan coached me through my first turning in years. He is a good teacher I learned a lot about turning a pen and it only cost $9 that’s a true bargain. Let me know what you think.

-- Its all about the jigs

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#1 posted 12-16-2010 03:51 PM

Congratulations on that first pen. You did a great job on it. I’d like to get set up to make some pens hear and there but can’t seem to scrape up all of the stuff that I need for my lathe. Good work

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 12-16-2010 04:25 PM

Looks like you did a great job! I might suggest that you you take a photo of light colored wood you use a darker background – it will show it off better. Still looks like a great first time result!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Ryan Bruzan

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#3 posted 12-16-2010 05:30 PM

Cool! They make excellent gifts.

-- No matter how many factors go into thinking about a project, there is always one important new discovery to be made.

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#4 posted 12-16-2010 05:57 PM

Been thinking about taking the class as well. Their store web page says that you have to take the Introduction to Turning class before you can take any other turning classes. The intro course have a tuition fee of $130 dollars! Did you have to take it? I think the pen turning and the ornament turning might just be demos?

At $9 for the pen, you learned the skill and built it cheaper than the materials would cost at some places. Great value. I am hoping Santa rams a mini lathe in my stocking in a little over a week.

-- Justin in Loveland, OH

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#5 posted 12-16-2010 06:23 PM

All I did was show up between 5-8 pm and said I wanted to turn a pen and they said no problem and away we went. I didn’t have to take any classes and they provided everything. It’s a great deal at $9. But I think this is what we call a loss leader, because they are gambling on me getting into it and coming back for more purchases. And it has pretty good odds since I went to Rockler and Purchased a Starter Pen Kit. I have a Shopsmith so the lathe was already in place. I tried to purchase one at Woodcraft but it was around $20 more. Hope this helps your decision to go and make a pen. Lets all make some pens!!!

-- Its all about the jigs

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 12-16-2010 06:49 PM

Nice pen- especially for the first one. Keep the lathe spinning!!!!!!!!!!!
You will find cheaper sources than Woodcraft for a lot of things. For pens, order a Penn State catalog. I think you like what they have!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 12-16-2010 11:57 PM

My Penn State catalog is already on the way and a free dvd as well.

but thanks for the tip
any others for a new pen turner will be appreciated

-- Its all about the jigs

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#8 posted 12-17-2010 09:58 PM

Nice looking pen.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#9 posted 01-16-2011 09:04 PM

Very good work on the pen.

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