Woodturning Design – October 2013 – Issue #45

Woodturning Design - October 2013 - Issue #45

Woodturning Design – October 2013 – Issue #45

Hi to my fellow pen turners.

The October issue of Woodturning Design (Issue #45) finishes the discussion of how to turn a pine cone pen (part three) and introduces new articles on pen turning and other related projects. One of my favorite items in this issue is the Behind the Scenes look at Penn State Industries.

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

Pinecone Pen – Part 3 by Raymond Sprouse


Pinecone Pen - Raymond Sprouse

Pinecone Pen – Raymond Sprouse

If you followed the instructions in Part One (June 2013, Issue #43) you should have a pinecone pen blank ready to cut to the required length for your pen kit and drill. In this portion of the article Raymond provides tips on how to drill the blank and turn down to desired size. In Part Two (August 2013, Issue #44) Raymond provides tips on how to drill the blank and turn down to desired size.

Now for Part Three – Finally, after months of waiting, you can finish your pinecone pen…literally, I mean it’s time to apply the finish.

Finishing is the most exciting time, because it’s the moment when you finally get to see the true beauty in your hard work.

Raymond does an excellent job at explaining the process of applying a CA glue finish starting with laying down a thick base layer followed by skim coats. If you haven’t tried a CA finish before, this article may be what you need to give it a try. I personally favor the friction polish finish on my pens but that method does not seem appropriate for this type of blank.

Lastly. A note the editor if you’re reading this; please no more three part series for “how to articles”. Seriously, woodworking are generally patient folks, but who wants to wait that long?

About Raymond – Woodturner since 1999. What started out as a simple hobby and born of necessity, he started turning table legs and other furniture to furnish his house, quickly became a passion for spending time at the lathe. He has sold pieces to collectors in over 25 countries on 6 continents.

Raymond has several woodturning articles published in Woodturning Design magazine. The first article is a tutorial on building a shop made pen squaring jig and can be found in Issue # 37. The second article is on creating a pen made from a paperback book and is found in Issue # 38. The third article is on making pens from pine cones. This was split into 3 separate issues #43, #44, and #45.

Vist Raymond at www.rizaydog.webs.com

Making Your Own Pen Blanks by Kurt Hertzog


kurthertzog2For many penturners little time elapses after the initial bite of the penturning bug before you start to look at different items differently. You’ll wonder, can I made a pen blank out of that? In this article Kurt discusses many different ways to create your own blanks. I like that he covers the simplistic method of using wood with intrinsic value to the more complicated methods of casting and segments. This article does not expand into the details of how to accomplish some of these blanks but it should get your mind twirling with ideas…which could be a very dangerous thing.

Behind the Scenes – Penn State Industries by Kurt Hertzog


Most of us will never get the opportunity to visit our suppliers in person. Kurt has produced the next best thing; a photograph tour of Penn State Industries in Philadelphia, PA.

Great article Kurt!

About Kurt – A professional woodturner, Kurt enjoys the continuum of woodturning from making his own turning tools to photographing his finished turnings. He is a frequent demonstrator and instructor on all facets of woodturning, he particularly enjoys teaching tool sharpening, workholding, and advanced penmaking.

Kurt writes two regular feature columns for Woodturning Design Magazine and a series for Woodturning Magazine. You can see the range of his work on www.kurthertzog.com, and on www.penmakersguild.com.

Other stuff of interest


Words to Turn By – Part 1 by Robert Gulley

Woodturning has its own language. Robert provides some definitions for common words used in the industry. Definitely worth the read.

Reverse Turning – Shopmade Alternatives to Commercial Offerings by W. Gary Claytor

I enjoyed this article because as a occasional bowl turner I struggle with reverse turning, or turning the bottom of the bowl. This article will provide you with ideas on how to make your own jig or chuck to hold your stock while reverse turning.


Thanks for reading. Comments and feedback are welcome.

Happy turning,
Tim McGill

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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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