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Old 08-07-2015, 10:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Where do I go for Pen Turner's Anon meetings?

Hi, my name is Greg, and I'm addicted to turning pens on the lathe.

I guess that's enough about me. :)

Or not .... ok, nobody else is talkin ....

Alright ... I got my lathe in April of 2015. It's a Harbor Freight Tools Mini Wood Lathe, with an 8 inch swing and a 12 inch bed. Ever since then, I've been obsessed with making beautiful things. Bowls, Pens, Keychains, ect ... it doesn't end!

My living room floor is now covered in wood chips and sawdust. I think I need a workshop.

I turned my first pen back in June, and it seems like I just can't stop.

Slimline, Comfort, Trimline, Designer ... then it hit me... I got my hands on a Deer Antler and the Deer Hunter 30 cal bolt action kit from PSI. I've made 5 of those now, and still have plans for more!

Next thing I knew, I was getting requests for Breast Cancer Awareness pens in pretty pink colors, and Comfort pens with gold crosses made from Bethlehem Olivewood. My house smells like an Italian restaurant, and I'm half Korean!

I'm going through superglue faster than the crazy homeless man on the corner, and he snorts whole bottles of the stuff every chance he gets...

Can anybody tell me .... does the madness ever end?

Why am I talking to an empty room?

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Old 08-07-2015, 10:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 08-07-2015, 10:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I do not understand the question, what madness?

Do you mean the madness to invest hundreds of dollars, hundreds of hours and never seeing your family to make pens?

Or, do you mean to make pens in a world being taken over by computers, phones and wrist radios?

I have a shoebox full of pen kits I have plans for, and a tub of blanks I was sure I needed.
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Old 08-08-2015, 01:53 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Welcome to the madness. Is it 'heaven' or a downward spiral towards a 'financial nightmare' ? Stay tuned if you dare and possibly assist me and others out of bankruptcy.lol
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Old 08-08-2015, 09:51 AM   #5 (permalink)
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No, it never ends, it gets worse.
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Old 08-08-2015, 11:15 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Madness? Financial Nightmare? NO!!!! NO!!!! We have a twelve step program to help you, the first step is.....................Oh hell forget it every body who ever made the mistake of turning that first slim line has become a raven PENAHOLIC, next thing you know you'll want to try segmenting, than stabilizing, next comes the shakes as you venture into casting, in your sleep your wife will swear you were calling someone named Kit or Kitless, yes your on the road to becoming the next PENAHOLIC, so the next time you make a trip up to the Oklahoma City area come on by our little shop in Shawnee and see what a full blown PENAHOLIC looks like, the coffees always on and we accept credit cards. Hee,Hee said the spider to the fly.
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I figured that my first pen cost me about $3,000. Therefore, I keep making more in hopes that the unit cost will eventually get down to $2.00-$3.00 each. But its a fun ride and I don't dwell on the cost anymore. I just go with the flow and try to learn more and expand my knowledge. The wife says that at least I'm off the streets and she always knows where to find me.
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I understand that there will be a whole section devoted to our addiction in the next Psychiatry text books.

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Old 08-08-2015, 04:06 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Living room floor covered in chips?

You do have it bad. 😊
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Old 08-08-2015, 10:41 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by beck3906 View Post
Living room floor covered in chips?

You do have it bad. 😊

I don't know, at least there is A/C in the living room...it is like 100+ degrees in my shop!
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