Bob and I had so much fun yesterday making pens. Who would have ever thought that together we would be turning wood? While picture painting may not be my passion (at least not yet) I can get really excited about this. It goes so fast and is so rewarding. Don’t get me wrong, we did have a few problems but quickly learned from them.
The pens from left to right:
Walnut Pencil with gold fittings
Walnut Pen with gold fittings
Oak pen with brushed gold fittings (this was the last one we made so
we’re going for a little different look)
Oak Pen with gold fittings
Cedar pen with nickle fittings
Each one got easier to do as we got more practice. I’m getting pretty good at the rough shaping that comes first. Bob is better at the finishing but I am getting there. You sand and apply the finish right on the lathe so that goes very fast. I think now that we are getting the hang of it we can turn the pen, sand, finish and assemble in about 45 minutes. It takes about another 20 minutes to do the band saw cutting, drill press and barrel insertion and gluing but I think that will get quicker also. Next things we will try are pens with carved decorations, Xmas ornaments, bookmark, money clip, bird house, kladescope and the stems of glassware and of course bowls and probably a couple other cute, relatively inexpensive items, I found in catalogs. It seems that there are two basic shapes – variations of spindles (an Xmaas ornament is a spindle and a bowl (a vase is also a bowl and so is a plate) but that will come later.
Here is us working.