I finally completed my first pen :) and I learned a lot in the process. Hopefully this is the first of many lathe projects. The wood is walnut and the pen is a slim line kit. The finish is 4 coats of medium CA glue. Some of the things that I have learned in doing this project: First, I’m in the wrong business, I should have opened up a Woodcraft store. They must have some great margins. Second, never tell your wife you are getting any kind of tool (lathe, table saw, or screw driver) to make anything for her. That statement creates an expectation with her on when it (whatever it is) has to be done that is different than your expectation of when you will do it. Third, it’s harder than I thought to take a good picture of a pen. Let me know what you think.