Lathe work is definitely a separate or maybe subclass of woodworking in its own right. It’s something new to me and I have to confess it’s addicting and exciting. To that end I am following what most woodworkers do when starting off with the lathe. Pen turning. Just as lathe work is a subclass of woodworking. Pen turning is in a class of its own as well. Many lathe woodworkers are only into lathes for making pens. The wide variety, and detail work involved in pen turning is definitely a hobby all unto itself. I knew folks were passionate about that hobby, but had no idea of the detail work that many put into this hobby. Also the wide variety of pens that are available is enormous.
I have chosen a very basic pen to make for this post. The slim line pen has a very simple and eloquent look and feel to it. This of course all depends on what wood you use and shape you choose. I chose to use Paduk wood for mine, and a very basic end turn.
I put links at the bottom of this post where you can find some of the items I used to turn this.
For a little extra help with this project I also put together a video of how I made this below.
Materials & Hardware
- (1) SlimLine Pen Kit
- (1) Pen Blank Paduk
Milling & Assembly
Items I Used to Finish this