My first pens :)

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Project by Eric_S posted 12-14-2010 06:29 PM 1576 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First, I’d like to thank LJr EricRFP for his generosity in sending me a lot of blanks to practice with and a few burl blanks. His burl blanks are beautiful by the way. I will be buying more from him.

I’m brand new to the world of turning and love it. These are my first pens. They were drilled with my drilling jig: and this thing has been so easy to use and align for various sized blanks.

The first pic is of my very first pen(or anything turned). Besides it not lining up with the bearings, I thought it came out ok minus the finish. The finish wasn’t anything special, 3 coats BLO and thin CA and 1 coat renaissance wax on walnut.

The next 3 pens though are much much better. All 3 are cherry, have 7 coats BLO and thick CA, followed by 2 coats of plastic polish, and 2 coats renaissance wax.

My next 2 pens I’m working on is using Redwood Burl from EricRFP with the Broadwell Nouveau Sceptre Fountain pen and Rollerball pen for my dad’s 65th birthday coming up.

Thanks for looking.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#1 posted 12-14-2010 06:38 PM


1) Clearly, your lathe sits on a rock-solid platform,

2) You had the female form on your mind, now didn’t you ? ;-)

Great job. Be careful: I understand pen turning is a hard habit to break !

-- -- Neil

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Monty Queen

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#2 posted 12-14-2010 06:40 PM

Awesome job, they get addicting. Great work.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#3 posted 12-14-2010 06:44 PM

Haha, I think I’m hooked already. I’ve been thinking about turning every day for the past week since I started. I have a lot of pens to do for holiday gifts, and I still plan on finishing the night stands soon and more furniture projects, but lathe work is so much fun and immediately rewarding. I’ll have to find ways to incorporate turnings into them lol.

1. The table I built for it is definitely rock solid. I haven’t heard a single vibration from it or dancing across the floor. However, I think it is too low, my neck is hurting a bit after working on it for a while. Luckilly, I have 3 pieces of scrap from the top I’ll be putting under the lathe to raise it up 2 inches. This will also help me clear out all the chips from the bed since they’ll drop below instead of just gathering in it.

2. Neil, I always have the female form on my mind lol. Ask my wife ;) But yes, these actually are going to be for the ladies in her family and thought curves would do well.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#4 posted 12-14-2010 09:01 PM

and so it begins …

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 12-14-2010 09:06 PM

“Is there anyone who is here for their first PTA (pen turners anonymous) meeting? Please introduce yourself by your first name only. We want to welcome you now.”

Hello everyone, my name is Eric.

“Hi Eric”

I have been turning pens for 1 week.

“Thank you for sharing”

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#6 posted 12-15-2010 03:39 AM

Nice pens Eric have fun turning!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#7 posted 12-24-2010 07:34 PM

very nice

-- Bob, So. Cal

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