Penturning review of Woodturning Design – April 2014 – Issue #48

Woodturning Design - April 2014 - Issue #48
Woodturning Design - April 2014 - Issue #48

Woodturning Design – April 2014 – Issue #48

Hi to my fellow pen turners.

The April issue of Woodturning Design (Issue #48) contains new articles on pen turning and other related projects.

If you haven’t picked up your copy of Woodturning Design magazine yet, here’s what you’re missing from April’s issue.



The Journey from Penturning to Penmaking – Focus on Importance by Kurt Hertzog

kurthertzog2In this article Kurt discusses pens that fall into two categories: writers or lookers. By understanding which category your pen falls into will help you focus on the important attributes to achieve the desired results. Regardless of how you design your pen, you should always strive to make the best pen possible; this article covers many aspects of pen turning that will help you achieve just that.

Key points:*

  • Replace the kit ink refill with higher quality refill that is readily available from stationary or office supply store. Note: you may need make slight adjustments in the construction of the pen to accommodate the new refill. Even though the type of refill is the same (for example, Parker style), variations between different manufacturers are common.
  • The pen should feel good during use. Pay close attention to the transition between the nib and body to avoid sharp corners. Weight, size, and balance also contribute to the feel.
  • Upgrade the finish from friction polish to something more durable. Kurt recommends using CA finish or lacquer.

*Kurt makes reference to previous articles from earlier issues. These articles are available on Kurt’s website.


Making Aluminum Pens by Craig Yost

Aluminum is a soft metal that can be turned on a wood lathe using standard woodturning tools. In this article Craig shares how to make aluminum pens using the kit components from a Slimline style and semi-kitless pen using only the mechanism and clip.

I recommend reading this article to expand your knowledge of working with different materials and tips on creating custom pens that are not restricted to the limitations inherent with kit designs.

Bob’s One-Pagers by Bob Gibbs

In this single page article with example photos, Bob shows how to create four pen blanks using star pine fronds*, western red cedars with knots, colored paper for accents, and signboard material*.

*These blanks require using epoxy similar to techniques using in casting with resin.

About Bob Gibbs – A penturner in Southern California. Bob is active in the Freedom Pens Project, turning over a thousand pens a year for the effort. Bob’s One-Pager is a regular feature column for Woodturning Design Magazine.

Other stuff of interest

Used (and New) Lathes by Robert Gulley

Robert shares the key features of a wood lathe and what to look for in a used or new lathe. If you are in the market for a lathe, or if you want tips on good care of your lathe to preserve its value, this is a good article to read.


Thanks for reading. Comments and feedback are welcome.

Happy turning,
Tim McGill

About the author /

Pen turner, pen designer, custom pen artist, writer, publisher, father, husband, avid book reader, office man, outdoorsman, handyman, runner....these are just a few of the things that define me.

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