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Blog entry by Alan Hart posted 03-06-2012 08:22 PM 896 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son is 12 years old and wants to turn pens. I have a lathe and have turned a few pens and a couple of other things just trying to learn. We (he) turned a couple pens this past weekend but I’m not sure if we’re doing it the right way. Is there a good book or DVD that explains how to turn pens, all kinds. After that I think he might want to get into turning other things like bowls and vases, is there a good book or DVD for that. I really want to teach and learn the correct and safe way of working on the lathe.

Sunday in the afternoon he comes up to me and says he wants to turn a pen. So we go downstairs to show him what to do. I had the lathe set up around Christmas time but needed a few parts and now can finally do it. He was a little scared at first but I told him I would never have him do something I didn’t think he could do. He did one, very slowly but did it anyway. He wanted to do another so I showed him how to set it up. When that was done he said he wishes he could do it more. I said that he should of turned off his X-Box and got out of his room sooner.

-- Al Hart



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michelletwo

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#1 posted 03-06-2012 08:47 PM

yes there are many good books & videos. Go to Craft Supplies USA. also check out youtube undr turning pens. Good luck

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#2 posted 03-06-2012 09:37 PM

Penn State has a free pen turning DVD. Log onto their site or give them a call and they’ll send it along.
www.pennstateind.com Penn State Industries
www.woodturnerscatalog.com Craft Supplies

Several good books on pen turning available on Amazon.com or at WoodCraft or Rockler.

As mentioned above youtube is loaded with videos for free. You might see if there’s a wood turning cllub in your area. Most clubs are glad to help youngsters get started turning and welcome them as well as new adult members also.

Go to the AAW website, www.woodturner.org. There’s link there to help find clubs in your area. I just looked and there are 14 wood turning clubs in Wisconsin. You should be able to find one close to you.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#3 posted 03-06-2012 10:42 PM

Check YouTube, lot’s of video’s to view…....

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#4 posted 03-06-2012 11:57 PM

I’ve never turned a pen, but I have heard that this is the place.

http://www.penturners.org/

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#5 posted 03-12-2012 02:04 AM

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