10 year old turning his first start to finish pen

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Project by Carl Fisher posted 08-20-2011 06:28 AM 1390 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My oldest son is about to turn 10.

He turned a pen at the wood show a few months back and has been begging to be able to do this at home. We surprised both boys with the full setup for their birthdays.

Tonight he turned his first pen on our own equipment. He drilled the blanks, glued the tubes, turned down to almost the final shape and sanded. The only things I helped with was turning the mahogany cutoff from scrap to blanks, fine tuned the final shape down to the bushings and did the blo/ca finish.

You never know what you are going to get with scrap wood but this revealed a beautiful grain that the blo brought to a brilliant shimmer. The CA will keep it looking beautiful for years to come.

Congrats Ryan on your first pen in our own shop.

-- Carl Fisher, Fort Mill, South Carolina --

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#1 posted 08-20-2011 06:54 AM

Way to go Ryan!

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#2 posted 08-20-2011 07:34 AM

Congratulations Ryan…and Carl! Way to go ‘Our Shop” has a nice ring to it.

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#3 posted 08-20-2011 12:17 PM

Good job Ryan! That looks great!

-- Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 08-20-2011 03:21 PM

Turning at 10….yikes I’d better get a lathe soon as Lauren is already 8!!!

Nicely done pens. Its good to see kids doing real stuff and not consumed by the ‘virtual’ world! Well done Dad and well done kids!

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#5 posted 08-20-2011 07:51 PM

Next step is goblets, candle sticks then bowls and vases then hollow forms! Let them experiment, under supervision of course! Good for you and give the boys a high five!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#6 posted 08-20-2011 08:51 PM

Nice looking pen. Looks like lots of shop time coming up.


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#7 posted 08-21-2011 04:25 AM

Now there is a boy after my own heart. I was that way as boy. Wanted tools for Christmas rather than toys. I see a future wood craftsman in the making, something that I sometimes fear is a dieing breed with the young generation. Keep up the good work Ryan, and I look forward to seeing more pens that you make.

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#8 posted 08-21-2011 04:39 AM

Turning is quickly becoming very addictive. It’s so much more relaxing to take a break from the large tools and just turn a project that you can start and finish within an hour.

Thanks for the great comments all. I just need to turn him loose and let him experiment and see what works best for him. We bought a bunch of tubes to just glue up scrap to play with. They won’t all become a finished product, but he’s definitely got the bug.

-- Carl Fisher, Fort Mill, South Carolina --

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