I’ve mastered the simple straight line pens. Now I’m working on the European style pen. Must say I’m disappointed in my attempts. Part of my issue is I’m quiet sure I need to get better lighting and probably stronger glasses. Seems I have some trouble seeing the details. Of course, I can feel the tubes with my fingers – and I’ve come close – but when I take the pens off the lathe I end up with some divit or high spot. Lots of practice ahead of me. But I am enjoying the process. I did manage to get two that were perfectly smooth and felt like glass. They just did not match the hardware as well as they should have.
I’m going to knock out some key chains for the church services auction this year. Still plan on doing a cutting board as well.
Signed up for a bowl turning class in April. I’m excited about that.
As for the issue I had with my tail stock not seating down tight. The suggestion to check sides and contact with the stock was right on. There was a couple of small burrs on the side that I filed down. Seems to work well now. Thanks for all the help.
-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine