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Old 10-12-2017, 08:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default American Association Of Woodturners (AAW) - Portland 2018

I will be a demonstrator again at next year’s American Association Of Woodturners (AAW) in Portland (2018 Symposium - Portland, Oregon - American Association of Woodturners). I had a blast last year in Atlanta for the AAW and met a lot of pen turners - many of which I have kept in touch with. I have also demoed a few times at the MPG in Ohio and have enjoyed my times there and have met a lot of pen makers.

I will be giving two classes:

Title:
Introduction To Pen Turning and Taking The Wooden Pen Up A Notch

Topics:
Wood Pen Turning
• Choose A Blank
Hardwood
Softwood
• Drilling
• Using Jigs
• Gluing
• Finishing The Ends
• Assembly

Cutting Sequence
• “Pressure” side to side NOT inward
• Rough Cuts
• Round Down
• Work The Ends
• Sand

Tools (55 Degree)
• Bevel rubbing
• Bevel angle
• Grind

Demo

Wood Pen Enhancing
• Coloring (Demo)
TransTint
Dye
• Bleaching (Demo)
Wenge
Black Palm
• Segmenting
• Worthless Wood
• Stabilizing
• Closed End

Finishing
• At least 6 options for finishing a wooden pen
• Value and challenges of each
• Story board

Steps To Improve Finishing

Marketing Your Product

Overview:
All skill levels are welcome – Everyone starts with making a traditional wooden pen. But it does not need to end there. The key to the process is challenging yourself to do something new and branch out. We will take wood to a new level.

Part 1:
Topics include the entire process from blank selection or creation, drilling, gluing, turning, finishing, and assembly. We will look at numerous finishing techniques and the challenges of each – from simple buffing to CA and many in between. Working with all the basic tools and jigs used in the process.

Part 2:
Now taking the wood pen to the next steps – coloring, bleaching and segmenting wood. We will discuss the different techniques to make your work standout above the rest.


Title:
Turning Alternative Materials And Casting

Topics:
Alternative Material Turning
• Choose A Blank
• Drilling
• Using Jigs
• Gluing
• Finishing The Ends
• Assembly

Types Of Materials
• Acrylic Blanks
• Acrylester Blanks
• Deer Antler
• Coffee Beans
• Pasta
• Mother Of Pearl
• Aluminum
• Polymer Clay
• Bullets
• Snake Skins
• Half Wood / Half Plastic
• Wood
• Feathers
• PVC Pipe

Cutting Sequence (Different From Wood)
• “Pressure” side to side NOT inward
• Rough Cuts
• Round Down
• Work The Ends
• Sand

Tools (40 Degree Swept back)
• Bevel angle
• Grind

Demo

Enhancing
• Painting The Tubes (Demo)
• Inlays
• Deer Antler
• Moose Antler
• Buffing and use of wax

Steps To Improve Finishing

Casting - Ideas
• Stamps
• Stickers
• Carbon Fiber
• Snake Skin
• Watch Parts
• Alligator Jaw Bone
• Feathers
• Abalone
• Crushed Penny

Clear Casting Techniques
• Safety Is A Must
• Sample Blanks
• Material
Silmar 41 vs. Alumilite
• Using Silmar 41
Applying Heat
Pressure
• Molds

Steam Punk Penny Blank
• Blanks Preparation
Aluminum / Copper Tape
Riveting
Ebonizing
Bending The Penny
• Casting
• Turning And Finishing
Tapered Turning

Marketing Your Product

Overview:
All Skill Levels - Go beyond the traditional wooden pen to making a pen from almost anything in sight – acrylics, steam punk, postage stamps, carbon fiber, and antler.

Part 1:
Topics include the entire process from blank selection or creation, drilling, coloring, gluing, turning, finishing, and assembly. Single-tool turning techniques for making the perfect cut on acrylic and not chipping out.

Part 2:
I will discuss do-it-yourself casting - the fun and creativity of making your own blanks. From postage stamps, carbon fiber, pictures, worthless wood, to the Steam Punk Crushed Penny pen.

Very interactive.

This covers quite a lot for each 90 minute session (but anyone who knows me – knows I have no problem talking). Hopefully if you are planning on coming to the symposium you will stop by. Also let me know if you think I can add to the above.

Thanks,
Mark
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G0, Mark, Go!!!.....congrats!
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If you can check Mark's Demos out. He has been great at the MPG!


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Mark you gave a great presentation at Windy City!

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