Here’s my first “successful” pen that I turned. It is a slimline pen, which seems to be the standard for new pen turners. It is a nice practice kit, and very inexpensive. Since there are sooooo many pen tutorials on the internet, I am going to pass on creating one myself. I plan on going straight to the Celtic Knot Pen Tutorial with aluminum accents.
A few thoughts:
- I got the wood free from my contact at a nearby saw mill. He stated that it was highly figured maple wood that he accidentally cut down for firewood. I fail to see the “high” figure, but can not complain due to the price.
- To turn this pen, I followed the tutorial by Kevin Brady. This is an easy tutorial to follow with pictures of each step.
- How does this pen write? ehh.. I would say like a typical BIC pen. That is why you can purchase this kit for about $3. Just hop on over to woodturningz for what I think is the best service and best price. The average selling price of a finished slimline pen is around 15-20 dollars on etsy.
- Sanded to 600 grit, then Penn State finishing pads, followed with 6 coats of CA glue and a friction polish.