Pen Kits & Turning Projects
Given enough skill from the woodworker, turned wood objects do not have to be simple, in any way. Art is at least partly in the eye of the beholder, so whether or not your work is art is up to you and its other viewers. One of the greatest features of turning is the chance to gain enough knowledge in short order to make finished projects in just a few hours--lathes give us the possibility of completing, including finish, many worthwhile projects inside a single evening. We can turn out good looking, useful projects after work on almost any day. Short of driving nails in a plank and then nailing the plank to the wall to hold coats and sweaters, there's nothing much else out there that allows shorter times from start to finish in woodworking projects. And the best part is, the projects are both attractive and useful--or can be!
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Woodturners gather at Woodcraft stores all over the country on Veterans Day weekend for Woodcraft's annual Turn for Troops National Turn-a-thon to make one-of-a-kind wood pens for American soldiers. The 2017 pen total brings the grand total since 2004 to 158,742 of pens turned. To participate, you can Find a Store or you can turn pens on your own time and donate to the program! Learn More
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This 6 minute video tutorial gives step by step instructions on the materials needed to start turning on a lathe, specifically making a pen out of a kit. It is designed to inform and help you get comfortable with the tools and the exact procedure needed to make a pen.