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Old 12-05-2018, 09:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Her first pens!!

Today at our club’s skill enhancement session, I was asked to help a lady turn her very first pen....her first time at the lathe. This lady was the neighbor of one of our members and wanted to turn a pen for her fiancé for Christmas.
Short story..... she did wonderfully! Two pens complete! Second one for her daughter.
My student quickly mastered the spindle roughing gouge with scraping, peeling and planing cuts and I then had her do some planing cuts with a skew. After a couple learning blanks(no tube) to learn tool control, we drilled a blank and glued the tube. Then back to the lathe with a spalted silver maple blank I already had tubed up ready to go. After finishing this one, we prepped the blank we drilled and she turned it. This one is Osage Orange. Another wonderfully turned blank.
Both are assembled on gunmetal Mesa pens from Woodturningz and have Mylands friction finish and Renaissance Wax.
The Osage Orange blank is from a limb from the Citation Tree at River Farm....home of the American Horticultural Society.
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Old 12-05-2018, 09:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well done to both your student and you. Sometimes (actually usually IMO) assisting others is more rewarding than a successful project of our own. Very nice Charlie!
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Old 12-05-2018, 10:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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WOW ! . Very nice !!

Isn't it fun to teach an avid learner !!
Kids rule the world !!! .... eventually if not already !
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Old 12-06-2018, 05:17 AM   #4 (permalink)
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You're the bomb Charlie.
Nicely done!
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Old 12-06-2018, 07:01 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Good to teach another person! She did a good job of turning and you did a good job of teaching. Next is to help her get a lathe, tools and accessories to get started.
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Old 12-06-2018, 07:33 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Cool story! IMO she was fortunate to have your guidance. Both pens look great.
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Great job Charlie in all aspects. Beautiful pens indeed.
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Helping other is what we all should do, good example of how its done.


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