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    Greetings from the Philipines

    Hi All, I am a complete newbie to pen turning. Actually I am a complete newbie to any kind of wood turning. Initially I wanted to turn monster bowls. Having seen the minute detail and talent that goes into making pens ....... I'm hooked on the idea. Have just received a load of stuff...
  2. J

    Newbie from Kansas

    Hi there! I'm new to this hobby/business and would like some direction, best practices shared with me, etc. I will turn my first pen this Sunday November 12th in a wood pen turning class. I'm pretty excited! I haven't worked with a lathe before but have watched several youtube videos that...
  3. S

    Brand Newbie from Australia

    Hey guys, I've made two pens and stuffed them both up by turning the nut to tight and pushing the bushing into the brass cylinders. I can laugh about it now, but before...LOL. I'm very new to turning but I love it and pens intrigue me! I'm going to get into making my own blanks with epoxy...
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    Hello from Maryland

    Hello, brand new to this. I have bought a few custom turned pens, and yesterday stumbled across a semi-local Woodcraft store that had a lot of supplies. This is a very appealing hobby for me. I have a habit of: - over researching things - buying too many things but not enough to really...
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    Douglas Fir

    Newbie question, thanks for taking the time to look... What is you experience turning Clear Vertical Grain Douglas Fir? I was able to find some great info and even better looking pens made with Douglas Fir Burl but not much mention of the regular CVG. On first look, it's really soft.. I...
  6. R

    Newbie from Middle Georgia

    Hello from Warner Robins, GA. My addiction started with a mention about turning pens from my brother in law. He was researching it, so I looked it up on YouTube. An avid wood worker, it seemed simple enough. I bought a small lathe and made my first slimline. (I'll put it in a box and use...
  7. G

    Brand New to Pen Turning - Comments/Critiques Welcome

    First ever pen - finished with docs wood turners finish (already coming off) This pen is a blank of walnut, maple, and purple heart. Second pen ever was my wife's first attempt at the lathe ever - purple lavabrite acrylic. Couldn't be more proud, absolutely incredible what micromesh can do...
  8. J

    Hello from Florida

    My name is Jody. I've been turning for the past two years, on and off. My disabled ex-husband and our 6 year old sometimes slow that process more than other times. I turned my first pen a little over a year ago. Didn't get to #2 until November. Which I followed very quickly with about 30...
  9. T

    MPG in Ohio - Who's onboard?

    Hello everyone... I couldn't find any threads related to this except back in 2014? So, I apologize if someone had started one already...(please give me link) Anyway, I am new to Pen Turning ( 8 months) and I am absolutely hooked! So much so that my better half has given me permission to...
  10. S

    Hello from Baltimore, Maryland

    Hi, I have been a longtime fountain pen collector and have been interested in turning and making my own. I just received a lathe to turn my own and I have NO idea where to start. I would also like to find someone or a group of people in the area to learn from! Sue Knause
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    Which Dremel works with the Pen Wizard?

    Ladies & Gentlemen (and others too)... I've been reading through the posts (started with 2008, and am working my way forward in time). I have noticed that there seems to be some sort of issue as to which Dremel's work with the Pen Wizard. Am I correct to say that the simple models work...
  12. CommGuy107

    This just in...

    Hi - I'm Dan. I've lived around the U.S., and several places around the world, but have called North Carolina "home" for 20+ years. I'm new to pen making, but not the lathe or woodworking in general. I tend to make "cool" stuff rather than furniture or otherwise useful household items. I...
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    First attempt at a pen (and glue up, and inlay, and CA)

    As the title implies, I thought I'd go all out with my first pen. Lot of firsts with mixed results. The glue up was a success (Mesquite burl with Texas Ebony)and I give the solder inlay an A-. The pen turned out nice but for some reason when I trimmed the ends they didn't square up correctly...
  14. S

    Brand new and overwhelmed

    Hi Everyone, I got a Turncrafter lathe and PSI pen turning starter kit for Christmas. I've wanted to turn wood for a long time and was super excited to get going. I managed to turn 2 pens, but halfway through pen #2 my wood started chipping. After some research on this forum I realized that...
  15. h0race

    Just another new guy here...

    Hello IAP members.... another new guy here. I thought I'd jump in here and introduce myself. My name is Tim and I live in Puyallup, WA (real close to Tacoma). I'm 50 years young and I am enjoying my addiction... My wife acquired a craftsman 15 inch variable speed lathe for me in July of 2010...
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    Finally newbie pics.

    Ok, so these are a couple of the first few pens ive turned. 5 and 6 of 10 so far. One is a black cigar, and bocote blank. I finished sanding to 12000, and finished with a high friction polish. I just cant seem to get the CA finish just right yet. The other is a Vertex click, and some sort of...
  17. oljswartz

    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 :biggrin: 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...
  18. mtrobee

    New member from Tennesse

    Hi all, I am Mike Trobee. I recently took up pen turning and have a long way to go. I have honestly become addicted to making pens. I started www.trobeepens.com and I welcome your ideas, critiques, comments, insight. If there is anything I can do for you please let me know. I am very glad to...
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    Equipment Opinions

    Hello Everyone. I have been looking at all the great posts and all the help that has been offered here. Being new here and to pen turning, I hope to sponge some of this vast knowledge up. Being currently unemployed and a tight budget I need opinions as to what I need at a minimum to begin...
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    Another from Central PA

    Hello all! Got started in pens on a shopsmith last year, then upgraded to a Rikon Midi. I love turning and making pens; this forum is a great find! Thanks to whoever came up with and maintains it! If this pic uploads correctly, I'm attaching a pic of a White Oak cigar (woodcraft kit) from...
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