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Old 11-18-2011, 11:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Default Introduction: No More Orders Til After Christmas

I made the mistake of starting this hobby before Christmas...lesson learned.

I started turning pens about a 6 weeks ago. I watched a lot of youtube, lurked the forums and made a few Harry Potter style magic wands before turning my first pen. I am now 36 pens in and not planning on slowing down. I started with the Classic American Style and soon moved to Wall Street II and Cigars. I also started with the CA finish. Tried a few online styles til I found a combination that works for me. Haven't tried any other finishes yet.

I never plan to make this a business or do craft shows. It is purely a hobby for me. I make pens for family and friends at the cost of materials. LOL they pay for my mistakes...love it. I would like to eventually move to doing custom pens similar in style to Gisi. I find his/her work to be the Orange County Choppers of Pen Turning.

Oh and about Christmas...well you can guess how that has snowballed. I am sure it has happened to many a pen turner. I'll eventually get to turn me another pen...one day.

BTW I now write with a fountain pen!!!

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Feeling very unwelcomed here. Nearly 100 views and no one has welcomed me to the forum.
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Sorry about that welcome to the addiction. Have you checked out the Richmond Pen turnners meeting at Woodcrafters in Richmond?
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Feeling very unwelcomed here. Nearly 100 views and no one has welcomed me to the forum.
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Pictures....Pictures....Pictures....Welcome aboard.
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Welcome HRG. Yes, it's an addiction. Find a support group...quick.

And we love pictures here. Show us your pens.
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Welcome George! An addiction aint the word for it! It is a vacuum for every extra dime you have!
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So when is your first show....just kidding, everyone has probably said just about everything you just did only to find themselves doing just those things.

It is an addiction....and you is hooked!





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Feeling very unwelcomed here. Nearly 100 views and no one has welcomed me to the forum.

don't be discouraged. alot of guests views will ramp up that number, and as others have pointed out most love a good picture to get them talking

Welcome aboard. We are a friendly bunch and everyone has some knowledge to share with you. Post some pics of your work!

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Welcome George from far west Kentucky, to the addiction, sometimes referred to as the vortex. You mention that you have read some of the site, be sure to give the library a good bit of time. The link is at the top of the page. You will find an article called Library Index. This covers tutorials on about anything pen making you can think of. You will also notice that there are articles listed by year. Much good info there as well. When these fail to answer your questions, by all means post it here. I have never seen one go unanswered very long. You might also want to give this thread a good look. It has some very good info for the beginning pen turner; http://content.penturners.org/librar...en_turning.pdf. Grab some wood, make some shavings and have fun all the while being safe.
I am so sorry that you have been missed by myself as others. Sometimes, especially during the holliday run up, we get so involved that we miss the usual welcome thing.
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