Soap Stone Pen

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Project by Stoneturner posted 12-07-2009 07:34 AM 6198 views 7 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I needed to make a present for Mother’s Day. It had to be unique because my wife is unique. She has to be to be married to me. I decided on a soap stone pen. So I set out to make one. Well to get a hole that is about three inches deep in soap soap stone without it breaking up can be quite a feat. Well after about three tries I finally got through the two ones that it takes to make a pen.

-- Wood Turning is communicating with the wood silently.

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#1 posted 12-07-2009 08:18 AM

Wow, that’s amazing! What’re you using to turn the stone, just standard wood turning tools?

-- Dylan Vanderhoof - General hobbiest and reluctant penmaker.

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#2 posted 12-07-2009 09:08 AM

I use both standard wood turning tools and also a set of special carbide cutters that I designed. The carbide cutters cut a lot faster and last a lot longer between sharpenings.

-- Wood Turning is communicating with the wood silently.

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#3 posted 12-07-2009 09:15 AM

Very unique! The colors are amazing!. Do you polish it after turning? If so ,how?

-- Rick

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#4 posted 12-07-2009 11:25 AM

Amasing, and lovely. I would guess that the dust from turning a stone is not so good. Where did you get the soap stone to turn with? How did you polish it? Sounds like a good blog page?

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#5 posted 12-07-2009 01:40 PM

that is unique indeed!
you are very courageous to try it .. .and bravo for doing it!!
Stunning piece.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 12-07-2009 03:50 PM

This is wonderfull pen. Great, great work!
How hard is this type of stone? It looks like it is brittle and softer than marble, I guess.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 12-07-2009 05:38 PM

Like all of the work that you’ve posted – beautiful

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#8 posted 12-07-2009 05:49 PM

A beautiful pen an interesting material

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#9 posted 12-07-2009 06:01 PM

Very Nice! I love turning soap stone you did a great job now just don’t drop it…

-- Cosmicturner

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#10 posted 12-07-2009 06:29 PM

Beautiful pen! Unique material…. I would love to learn how to turn stone.

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#11 posted 12-07-2009 10:32 PM

I would be glad to communicate with anyone that would like to turn soap stone or alabaster. I have been turning stone for about two years and Have learned a lot of tricks in that amount of time. I can tell you a lot of things that don’t work and a few things that do work.

-- Wood Turning is communicating with the wood silently.

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#12 posted 12-08-2009 01:52 AM

Now this Is very unique I really like it !

Great Job!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#13 posted 12-09-2009 09:50 PM

hi stonetuner where can one get soap stone or alabaster is it expensive .i live in ireland cannot get it here i would love to try and turn a pen with some .branch

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#14 posted 12-09-2009 11:07 PM

Tell me about drilling that hole. Did you use high speed drills or masonry drills? Did you use a drill press? Please go through the whole process of turning that pen ans the tools used.

Beautiful job!!!


-- Always remember half of the people in this country are below average.

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#15 posted 01-12-2010 08:44 PM

I’m just getting started in this whole woodworking thing. I’m anticipating buying a lathe to learn how to turn pens. I really like your design here. Any tips for a newbie?

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