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NGLJ

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I have been a woodworker off and on since I retired 15 years ago, regularly over the past 3 years. I started out making boxes thinking small would be easy :). That was my first mistake but it sure helped to hone my skills. Then about 9 months ago I bought a lathe. Boy I wish that I had done that sooner. I made the decision at the outset to only use carbide tools which allowed me to get up the learning curve quickly. I don't doubt that the traditional turners are cringing at that! I soon became fascinated with segmented turning and recently tried my first open segment bowls. I was trying to think of ways to use the valuable scraps from making bowls when I came across an introductory article on pen making, which I printed out. My wife found the article and read it. "So you can make pens" she said. That was my next mistake! So I investigated further and discovered no doubt like all of the people here that it is a fascinating subject like most aspects of woodworking. Over the past month I purchased some basic pen making kit and have thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a good complement to my bowl work, though I can easily see that it might become a fairly large share of my time :). So, that is what brought me here eager to learn from those with way more experience than I.
 
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Welcome from California! There are several active members who live in the Lower Mainland. We lived in Richmond before we moved to California.
 

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welcome to the site that gives your family a lifetimes worth of present inspiration ……😂😂😂😉 for things they can ge5 you 😉
 

NGLJ

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Thanks for the great welcome. I know that I am going to really enjoy being part of this community. Like many pen turners I started out with cheap slimline kits on which I could make mistakes without crying too much :). I very soon became bored with that and made a few Sierra pens, including some simple segmented pens, for the family and some friends that my wife volunteered me for! I guess segmentation is in my blood. The segmented work here sets a very high standard that one day I might achieve. I have attached a photo of my first "experimental" pen (very simple). It is a "fat" slimline pen. All suggestions for improvements would be appreciated.
 

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