What is Pen Turning?

Jun 4, 2013 by

I know from years of doing this that people just don’t understand what you do when you say that one of your hobbies is pen turning.   So what is pen turning?   It’s pretty simple actually. Pen turning is the process of taking a few raw materials, like this:   And turning them into a beautiful, handmade, one-of-a-kind pen, like this:   This is a several step process that includes preparing the pen blanks for the lathe (a “blank” is just the material you’re using for the pen), turning the pen blanks, sanding the pen blanks, adding a finish, and assembly. If you’ve never created something by hand it’s quite a rewarding thing, especially when you get complements on your little pieces of art. These pens can be turned using just about any...

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