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#1 posted 11-11-2012 08:55 PM

I came to pen turning after many years turning other stuff. Pens for Servicemen got me started after couple hundred Slim Line pens tried other styles. Stopped turning pens for them in 2010 probably spent close to $1,000 on kits, shipping pen blanks over six years.

Can have a sizeable investment if do not have a lathe, tools, and supplies needed to turn pens. Many people take classes at wood Craft, make few pens and quit. Others quit when find no one wants to pay them for their time. A few people doing this full time do make $100k/year. Majority of pen turners make less than $1,000.

To make 5 of these pens would cost me $21.84 per pen, using nothing special wood or acrylic blanks. I would not select this kit or chrome or gun metal platings to make just an example of some but not all cost.

5 pen kits = $69.75
1 set bushings = $5.95
5 pen blanks = 25.00
Shipping = $8.50
Total =$109.23 / 5 = $21.84

Best could hope for here is $30 per pen or $8.16/hr. You need more than $8 per hour to keep up with consumables not listed to make a pen.

-- Bill

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