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Old 04-11-2011, 03:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Newbie from Sapulpa Oklahoma

Experience is the most valuable resource there is! (thats where you folks come in) I just purchased a used Jet 1236 with a set of high hss tools and I am interested in getting started turning some pens. I also have some pen blanks I have cut up over the years, oak, pear and some wild plum that looks interesting. I need lots of info: Suppliers, How to, etc. I have done a little research from what I hear an adjustable mandrel is the best route to go. I also think I need a Universal barrel trimming system. Do I need anything else to get started? Oh perhaps a sugestion on a type of pen kit to learn on. I have shopped at the Wood-N-Whimsy website and their prices seem OK, but I welcome any advice on everything. So come on folks I will take all the advice you can give me!
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Old 04-11-2011, 03:57 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome, Jim! When I see Sapulpa, my mind goes right to Elmore Leonard's books.

There are many resources here. Check the Library link at the top of every page, and feel free to ask questions.

Here is a link that is helpful:

Getting Started In Penturning

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Old 04-11-2011, 04:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Welcome from Michigan. Kits to start with, Slim lines, Sierra, Barons just to name a few that make nice pens. A lot of members here will shun the slim line, but I sell a lot of them. Some basic and some modified. They are a less expensive kit and have endless potential. Browse the photo library and you will get a lot of ideas.
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Old 04-11-2011, 04:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Welcome from Sunny St Cloud, Fla. Home of beautiful Florida wood.
A mans reach should exceed his grasp, for what are the heavens for--Robert Browning
I Feel More Like Now Than I Did Before
Home of beautiful Florida wood blanks.
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Old 04-11-2011, 04:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Welcome from Georgia. My advice....

1.Check out the library.

2. Check out the vendors on IAP. Lot's of good folks.

3. Visit the forums regularly.

4. Ask specific questions...

5. Most of all, just start turning, make 10 Slimlines from various woods and other stuff. And just have some fun!

Gary Hughes

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government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.
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Old 04-11-2011, 05:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Welcome Jim, 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. Grab some wood, make some shavings and have fun all the while being safe.
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Old 04-11-2011, 05:47 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Welcome . I say start out with slims. They are cheap so you don't have much $$$ in them. I get $20 for Corian pens and $ 30 for wood made on slim line kits. The finish on wood is the hardest for me. Haven't mastered that yet.. once you feel you are putting out a good produce, move up to better kits Happy turnning.
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Old 04-11-2011, 05:59 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Welcome from northern Ohio.
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Old 04-12-2011, 06:35 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Old 04-12-2011, 01:22 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Welcome Jim.
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