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Pen Turner's Workbook, 3rd Edition Revised and Expanded

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Learn to make pens that are both practical and beautiful! This revised and expanded edition of the penmaking classic offers new projects, new photographs, new materials, and new techniques. No detail has been left out, from choosing a lathe to pen turning basics and even marketing your work. Includes a new section on casting your own acrylic pen bodies, so you can customize by embedding unique artwork and memorabilia.


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Pages 144
Publish Date 2012-12-01
Size 8.5" x 11.0" x 0.37"
Author Barry Gross


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Library Journal
Handcrafting pens has become a popular specialty area of woodturning, and many companies now offer reasonably priced miniature lathes, making the craft accessible even to beginners. This is the ideal way to use productively small pieces of material that may otherwise be discarded. Gross, owner of BG Artforms, gears his instructions toward beginners, though crafters of all skill levels will learn something. After describing the required equipment and materials (wood is the most common material, but Corian, horn, and acrylic are also used), he shows how to prepare the pen blanks for turning. His instructions for tool use are clear, as are his step-by-step instructions for assembly and finishing (color photographs show each step clearly). In 11 projects, Gross shows how to make a variety of shapes and styles and deal with varying handle materials. He also offers a detailed troubleshooting section, as well as tips for selling one's creations. An excellent introduction that should be part of most public library collections.


About the Author

Barry Gross, an expert woodworker and artisan with more than 30 years of experience, specializes in transforming wood and other media such as Corian - the kitchen countertop material - into amazing pieces of art and useful every-day items. A skilled teacher who knows how to start at the beginning, Barry volunteers solutions to his own mistakes with the hope of encouraging beginners to redesign rather than recycle. Barry is a member of the American Association of Woodturners, the Bucks County Woodturning Association and the Scroll Saw Association of the World. Barry was recently invited to join the prestigious Pen Makers' Guild and is named in Who's Who in 2005. His art can be seen in various art galleries including Island Earth Gallery, Langman Galleries and Wylands Sae Life Gallery in New York. In addition, he has received commissions from DuPont and for the Alien Stinger display at the New York Aquarium. His exquisite turned pens are sought after for gifting, most noteably, his Stars and Strips pen was recently gifted to House Speaker Dennis Hastert. Barry Gross is the author of Pen Turner's Workbook, Learn to Turn and a frequent contributor to Scroll Saw Workshop magazine and Woodturning Design Magazine. He lives in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.

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