Pen Turning Lore IV: The Path To Pen Turning Enlightenment

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mark james

IAP Collection, Curator
Sep 6, 2012
Medina, Ohio
Pen Turning Lore, Myths and Fables - IV

The Path To Pen Turning Enlightenment
Dante identified 9 spheres of heaven.
Hinduism and Buddhism have pathways toward Nirvana.
Freud defined various levels of Consciousness
Led Zeppelin had “Stairway To Heaven”
… Heck, even Pokemon Cards have levels of evolution.

Good news IAP! A recently discovered historical text of penultimate archaeological importance has turned up in Northern Ohio.

"Universum faciendi stylo modi - non est eruca scientiae”
Written by: Ad calvitium Jefferey monachus

For those of you who can’t read latin or Google the translation, here it is:

“The Universal methods of making a pen - It Ain’t Rocket Science” Written by: Jeffe The Monk

The revered Monk Jeffe defines Pen Turning Enlightenment as:

“The stages of attaining knowledge or insight from actual practical experience that leads to a level of awareness that frees a pen turner from the cycle of repeating past mistakes - Pen Turning Enlightenment.”

He further identifies these practical stages:

1. Turn A True Newbie Pen of any kind
2. Turn A Hard-To-Write-With Pen
3. Turn A Decent Single tube Pen
4. Turn A Decent Double tube Pen
5. Turn A Pretty Wood Pen
6. Turn An Advanced Pen
7. Turn A Freestyle Pen
8. Turn A Kitless Pen
9. Turn A Segmented Pen, and you are fully enlightened

While nobody can honestly question the wisdom of Jeffe The Monk he further adds the final qualification:

“Stages 1-8 are, in the words of the Pirate Barbosa -
Mere suggestions rather than hard and fast rules”.
Save yourself some time, skip to mastering Segmented Pens,
become fully enlightened and enter the
Segmented Pen Contest.”

Pen Turning Lore, Myths and Fables I
Pen Turning Lore Myths and Fables II
Pen Turning Lore Myths and Fables III

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Jul 17, 2017
Washington, IN
Sure takes a lot of words to try and convince folks to enter a contest that only the Top Dogs stand a chance of winning.

Why not save your breath for time at the Lathe and get a pen ready for an entry in the Pretty Resin Pen Contest
Take a look at the rules for what is considered the fairest, best balanced competition for all members:
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