View on YouTube We moved around a lot when I was a kid. Born in Chicago, and lived in Missouri, Reno, Denver, Wisconsin, and Minneapolis. Within those locations we sometimes moved between multiple addresses. I always say that I grew up in Reno, Nevada because that is where I spent the majority of my life before I turned 18 years old. We left Reno when I was 17 and I visited there again just this past January. I only tell you this to because it was during this trip to Reno when I met Z...
What happens when you try to make a pen and the top half explodes on the lathe, so you try to make another pen and bottom half breaks when you are “trimming the barrel”...This:
Here are three pens I turned for co-workers over the Thanksgiving Day weekend. The first two pens are gold in color 30cal Bolt Action Pens. The next three are Patriot pens. The Patriot pens are new to the market and make a very pretty pen once turned. The last two are also new to the market. The last two are Western style pens, also very nice looking pens.
I made this pen for my son for his first day attending a local community college. I also made a video of the project. Here it is and I hope that you enjoy. Thanks for watching! http://youtu.be/gPlNopPXLVk <iframe src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/gPlNopPXLVk” frameborder=”0” height=”315” width=”560”></iframe>
Been working on a number of bottle openers and decided to try a lacquer finish on them as it should hold up a bit better. Problem was how to apply the finish on a round thing. Here is the simple solution I came up with. Basic piece of scrap wood (actually game that did not work out) 3/8” bolts and nuts. It worked worked well. I have 5 new bottle openers already dried with lacquer and the epoxy is now curing on them. Looking forward to delivering these to the gift shop ...
So Thursday night my DW reminded me that my daughter’s last CCD class before Christmas was Saturday morning. The problem was I was not home Thursday, had to work on Friday evening. So Friday night when I got home I got a blank drilled out and glued up. First thing Saturday morning we got up and started in on a pen. Sophia did a portion of the roughing on this one but since we were a bit behind the eight ball I helped her get it to final shape. Also there was the issue that I had ...
Finally finished up all the Christmas presents, I hope!! Cork Trivets for some of the nurses at my doctor’s office- Stirring spoon and spaghetti spoon sets for a couple of friends who cook- A walnut pen for a friend in return for the wood given to me- Table top wine bottle displays for my brother, sister and close friend (Thanks Choppertoo)- A bread Bow Knife for my former shop teacher- Pencil bookshelves for the little neighbor girls-
As I was tied up at a Craft Fair yesterday my wife and daughter went to the turn for the troops event at the local Woodcraft. They both turned a pen and added it to the package to be shipped. I am proud of both of, most especially my daughter. She is now 7 and has done this event a number of times now. She is getting better on the lathe every time she uses it. Unfortunately there was no picture of the final pens this year. We have plans for a number of turned gifts for her teachers an...
For a very long time now I have been wanting to learn how to turn on a lathe. Well recently I was able to purchase a lathe using a Gift card I won thanks to your votes. My first project, wow, well since I am a fan of pen turning, I thought that would be the place to start. So I turned a Bullet Pen. This is a 30 caliber bolt action bullet pen kit and man is it cool. I will be making more of these for sure. I really enjoyed turning and I can see where I will be doing a lot of it in the future a...
This doesn’t seem to fit anywhere else, so I’ll put it here: If you turn pens and don’t visit the IAP, please take a look at this on-going project and consider participating: ServicePens 2013 Thank you.Gary
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