On Saturday we made a family trip to Pennsylvania. The plan was to hit Woodcraft in Allentown and then go to a Flea Market or 2 before heading home.
When we got to Woodcraft it was a "Turning for Troops" Weekend. They had 6 or so lathes setup and were teaching people to turn pens. The wait was going to be a while so I bought my Slow Speed Grinder ON SALE and a Lathe chuck and some jaws. We headed out to the Flea Market and came back later.
My 10 year old son has been interested in the lathe since I bought it. He and my wife wanted to turn pens. They showed him how to use a spindle gouge to shape the pen and sand it smooth with sandpaper. They then showed him how to apply a wax based finish and assemble the pen.
The lathes got crowded again while my son was making his pen and my wife didn't want to wait for a lathe, so we headed for home. Before we left my wife had me identify and price out what I'd need to turn pens at home. If you remember, she was the one who encouraged me to buy a lathe in the first place. What a wife!
Anyway, below is a picture of my son at the lathe. Woodcraft was taking pictures also and said to look for him on the website shortly.