Where to find Pen Turning Classes

A hands-on pen turning class is a great way to get started learning how to make your own handcrafted writing pens.  While most pen turning classes are geared towards beginners, classes for advanced skills are also available.  The price of the class vary by location, but most range between $45 – $99 for 2-3 hours of instruction and materials. This cost is significant for many, but saving hours of frustration and ruined pens is worth the price.

Below are a few sources to help get you started in your pen turning journey.

Woodcraft Stores – Multiple locations across USA Click here to locate a class near you.

Lee Valley Tools – Several locations in Canada
Click here for locations and details.

Woodturning Online – Listing of Turning Courses and Schools in Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, United Kingdom, and United States. Click here for listing.

The American Association of Woodturners – Listing of Turning Schools in USA. Click here for listing

Philadelphia Woodworks – Philadelphia, PA
Feb 19, 6:30pm-9:30pm (Wednesday) Click here for details.

Barry Gross – Philadelphia, PA area
Private Lesson from Master Penturner – click here for details.

Albuquerque Exotic Woods – Albuquerque, NM
Check their calendar for dates and times. Click here for details.

DIY Wood Studio – Fargo, ND
Pen turning classes offered starting in Jan. 2014. Click here for details.

The Workbench – New England town of Easthampton, Massachusetts
Feb. 2, 2014 9 – noon.  Click here for details.

LumberJocks – Pen Turning #1: Intro to Pen Turning – Part 1 (Online article) Click here to view article.

If you are new to pen turning then you may also want to check out online networks and resources. Here are a few recommendations to get you started.

Other Sources for pen turning instruction:

1. Friends and Family – Know a pen turner? Ask them if they would be willing to show you how to make a pen.

2. Join your local woodturning association or club.

3. YouTube is full of how-to videos relating to pen turning.  Hours of fun.

4. Several great DVD’s available on Pen Turning.
Barry Gross is a well know pen maker that is worth checking out. See his DVD’s and Books here.

5. Purchase a pen turning  book from your local woodworking store or from Amazon. One recommendation is Richard Kleinhenz’s book Pen Turner’s Bible. Check out my review of his book here. It’s also available on Kindle e-reader.


Thanks for looking. Hope you are able to find a class near you. If you have recommendations for classes in your area, please share in the comments below.

Tim McGill
Pen Turning Network

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  1. tim_mcgill

    Woodsmith Store in Clive, IA (west side of Des Moines located in Central Iowa) carries full line of pen turning suppliers and holds woodworking seminars on Thursday evenings. The cost is only $8 and as a bonus you receive a $5 store coupon.

    Check out the schedule at this link http://www.woodsmithstorespecials.com/events/. It looks like the pen turning class is in March.

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