My 12 year old son's first pens.

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Project by Alan Hart posted 03-12-2012 02:58 AM 2615 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son finished his first three pens today. Two out of purpleheart and one camo acrylic that looks like a rifle shell. He did very good on these for the first time. Now he wants to turn more pens and other turnings too. I’m glad to see him take an interest in woodworking and woodturning. It’s better than his other interest, X-Box. He is not the kind of kid that likes working with tools that much so for him to do this is very big. I’m very proud of him and what he has done. Pictures don’t show them well, I need to learn how to take better pictures.

-- Al Hart

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#1 posted 03-12-2012 04:20 AM

Wow pretty nice !

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#2 posted 03-12-2012 11:02 AM

Great pens! Let him setup his own LJ account to post his woodworking projects. It’s great to share quality time with your son. After you get him set up, get him to show you how to play Modern Warfare 3 in split screen mode. I’m 62 and play almost every day at lunch and after work. Send me a PM and I’ll give you my gametag and we’ll meet in a hardcore free-for-all match.

My son and I did lots of things together when he was your sons age. Now he’s an airline pilot and lives one flight away. So, we play together on X-Box Live.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#3 posted 03-12-2012 04:06 PM

Those are Great. He did a fine job, and getting him into Making something is the best news ever. Congratulations, Dad!


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#4 posted 03-14-2012 02:54 AM

Excellent work!

-- "Do, or do not. There is no try." ~Yoda

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#5 posted 03-14-2012 02:48 PM

Forcing your son to get creative and productive and use his mind instead of letting his brain melt away in front of video games…....what a mean father you are. However with a 15 and 12 year old of my own I do know how difficult that is to do. Congrats on finding something fun enough that can hold his interest.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#6 posted 03-20-2012 11:14 AM

Tell him that he has done well, very well!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#7 posted 03-20-2012 01:50 PM

Great job! Very well done. As for the photos, a little backlighting would show the pieces up nicely…I’ve found a few online tutorials out there that help a great deal:

All of these are good basic intro’s that you might be interested in…

Again, tell you son he’s done a great job and to keep it up!

-- Dan

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