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  1. #1
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    Pen Turning (Beginner)

    Hello!

    I do not own a lathe and I have never done any turning. That said, I have always been facinated by it and have looked for a way to try. My local Woodcraft store is having a class on Pen Turning, costs about $70 including materials and use of tools. Is this a good way to start? Any advice is appreciated!

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    RE: Pen Turning (Beginner)

    That's a very good way to start and see if you catch the turning bug. Beware, turning is addictive

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    RE: Pen Turning (Beginner)

    I think he is already hooked hahahahaha

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    RE: Pen Turning (Beginner)

    Its a slipery slope and he's over the edge. The fact that you are thinking about taking a class puts you in great danger. Give into the darkside you will. Is not the darkside the way for you? Calling you it is.

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    RE: Pen Turning (Beginner)

    Yep, the Woodcraft class is a *great* way to see if you like it enough to invest in the tools needed to turn pens (or anything else) at home. I took two classes at Woodcraft before I decided to buy my stuff and it was certainly nice to watch somebody more experienced and be able to ask questions instead of just stumble around on my own. You'll still screw up at least a few blanks with or without the class but it's still nice to learn from someone else's experience.

    Good luck!
    Rob.

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    RE: Pen Turning (Beginner)

    Yep, a good start, aand like the folks above said, you're probably already hooked, and if you take the class now you won't have a whole bunch of bad habits to unlearn later on.

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    RE: Pen Turning (Beginner)

    Eric,
    Can't recommend the classes enough, but I do have a bias, as I am teaching some of the pen turning classes at the Appleton Woodcraft. E-mail me at dkisela@new.rr.com and I will give you my number and I can tell you more, answer any questions, etc. Unfortunately, I can't sell you my lathe!!!

    Don


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    RE: Pen Turning (Beginner)

    It's them danged pens that got me in this stuff too! I think the lathe manufauctures secretly subsidize the the pen kit makers so they will sell more lathes.

    Jim in Texas and Sicko Ryobi Cult Member

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    RE: Pen Turning (Beginner)

    Don:

    I just wasn't fast enought to drag my butt up there to meet you. When we corresponded it was a pretty busy time for me. I have a lot of family in the Fox valley area, so next time I head that way I will drop you a line!

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