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11-05-2013 03:37 PM

Has anyone taken a pen turning class at rockler? I know it depends mostly on the instructor, but did you find it worth it? I just moved across country and every tool I own is packed away in a storage unit. I’m getting the itch to make some sawdust and a turning class seemed like a good “outlet” since I have no lathe experience.

I’ll be taking the class at the denver rockler if anyone has any first hand experience to share.


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#1 posted 11-05-2013 03:45 PM

Marcus … You are right. Whether or not a class (at Rockler, WoodCraft, or anyplace else) is worthwhile depends on the instructor. In many cases, the instructors are from local AAW chapters.

I think Rockler charges between $80 and $100 for classes that run all day. If the budget allows, I would say go for it. You will surely learn something, and likely make some contacts in the woodturning community that will be valuable to you down the road.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 11-05-2013 11:52 PM

I’m with Gerry. Just the experience and exposure to another woodworking skill is valuable, and pen making is one of the easy “entry” skills into working on a lathe. It’s also very satisfying to produce something useful in a short time.

Ron

-- Once in awhile I make something really great. Most days I just make sawdust.

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#3 posted 11-06-2013 03:09 AM

A case of good timing today. I stopped by Rockler to sign up for the pen class and the woodturner’s guild was just setting up for a meeting/demo. A few of the group there suggested I skip the pen class and take the woodturner intro class, and if I want to turn a couple pens, that would be fine as well. I actually spoke w/ the teacher, seemed like a good guy, so Im heading to class this Saturday.

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#4 posted 11-06-2013 06:37 PM

FWIW- Penn State Industries has free DVD’s on pen turning and metal spinning. Not comprehensive by any means, but intros for those interested in both. They also have added a Lathe Duplicating DVD in their free offerings.

-- "After a year of doing general farmwork, it was quite clear to me that chickens and I were not compatible"-George Nakashima

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#5 posted 11-06-2013 08:03 PM

One of my challenges is no lathe, and not sure I’ll make it a long term hobby out of it. A class is a good way to safely dip my toes in and be able to ask question after question.

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#6 posted 11-06-2013 08:06 PM

Marcus … That is exactly what I did! Watch out … it is addictive!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#7 posted 11-06-2013 08:09 PM

Good call Marcus and have fun.

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#8 posted 11-11-2013 02:06 PM

Making pens is fun and easy. You need someone to show you the first time. Another good thing about classes is that you’ll need other folks in your new town. Be careful, you’ll be wanting a mini lathe next.
Cheers
Glen

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