First few pens

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Project by Scott Oldre posted 04-12-2009 03:21 PM 1360 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are a few of the first pens I’ve turned. Started last week and have about 9 done so far and am enjoying the “out of the norm” approach to them. I like the idea of putting enough detail and enough unique features on them that they’ll stand out in a crowd. Since these are built on the Funline line of pens, they don’t cost an arm and a leg and I can practice my turning skills.

They were turned on ShopFox 1752 10” lathe, which I got from Woodzone here in Columbia. Considering General has the identical lathe in green, and cost 100 more in green, I felt I did pretty well, and I like the tool. There’ll be a lot of pens turned on it, I’m sure.

the first pen is an acrylic for my step-daughters birthday. She’s a Clemson grad, so it also has the purple fittings.

The other two are ebony pens turned for a friend at work. He handed me a 3/8” x 3×15 piece of ebony, but I didn’t have the heart to cut it and glue it, so I bought another piece of ebony at the store and cut two pens plus some hoarding scraps for later use.


-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#1 posted 04-12-2009 06:15 PM

Nice pens. Someone gave me an old lathe a while back and I just finished a stand for it. I hope to start turning soon. Did you take a class or did you just learn by doing?

-- Garyb6, “True simplicity does not reveal the tremendous effort it requires.” - Somerset Maugham

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#2 posted 04-13-2009 04:04 AM

I got the lathe a week ago yesterday and prior to that had done one small bat in high school, 33 years ago. My son and I went to the wood working show in Charlotte, and hes never really gotten into the things I do with woodworking, but he decided to try turning a pen that the local woodworking club at the show were demoing. That’s all it took. My birthday was that weekend, so the next day we went to the Woodzone here in Columbia, and I ordered the Shop Fox. Later, I ordered another one, the small pen version on-line and had it shipped to Michigan so it would be there when my son got home.

So oddly enough, my training consisted of looking over my sons shoulder while he turned a pen.

The rest of it came natural I think. So to answer your question..I’m learning while I’m doing…did three more today…it really IS addicting.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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