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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(November 2007) The Woodcraft Veterans Day Turn for TROOPS Turn-a-thon has produced results that none of us would have expected, with an amazing 10,519 pens being turned and shipped to the Middle East. What an outstanding response! We increased from 6,003 last year which is over a 75% jump!
(October 2008) For a fifth year, the Woodcraft stores from Boston to Honolulu are inviting the general public to participate in a pen turn-a-thon event during Veterans Day – Saturday, November 8, 2008 – to craft wooden, high quality pens for American servicemen and women actively deployed overseas as a reminder that people back home remember and appreciate their efforts, company officials announced.
(October 2009) For a sixth year, Woodcraft stores nationwide will conduct turn-a-thons making handmade pens during Veteran’s Day Weekend, Saturday November 7, 2009, with the goal of making and then sending thousands of handcrafted pens to American service personnel actively deployed overseas. The public is encouraged to participate.