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    A few pens

    Getting ready for the Fall Craft Shows.

    Building up a little inventory.

    From the top down

    Gold Ti Baron Prickly Pear Cactus

    Jr Emperor Afzilla Burl

    Emperor Afzilla Burl

    Statesman - Stars & Stripes

    Yes I have a laser but I still buy the Stars & Stripe Kits from Ken N.

    Someday I may work on cutting my own but right now I need the time for other projects.

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    pretty pens pete!
    [SIZE="1"] associated with several importers and manufacturers.[/SIZE]

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    Good to see you Pete. You're sure gonna have nicer pens in your booth than I will in mine. They all look great.
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    Great pens. Beautiful woods also. I have never tried an Emperor, can't justify the $50.00 cost of the kit. Same with the S&S kit.
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    Pete the pens are beauties. Well done.
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    Hey Pete, those look really nice!
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    Nice pens...

    I would love to make some myself, but I am not a very accomplished wood turner with a wood lathe. Still is making pens fairly easy, or are their better projects to start on?
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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    Great place to start

    Pens are a great place to start. Easy to turn and quick to reward.

    You can pick up a mini-lathe for $150 - $350, a few tools, pen kits and a little wood and you are ready to start.


    I will warn you - A friend of mine let me show him how to get started. I warned him of the potential to spend $$ on the project. Some weeks later we saw his wife and asked how is the pen project going?

    She said " He is working on his first $800 pen!" He went and bought everything.

    Many pen kits are available in the $5 - $10 range.

    I will also warn you that the pens pictured are not low cost. Kit prices of the top pictured Baron is about $12 and the other 3 are about $50 each. I sell the Emperors and the Stars & Stripes in an engraved case for over $200.

    If you want to start there is lotza info available on the web. Feel free to PM me with any questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Johnson View Post
    Nice pens...

    I would love to make some myself, but I am not a very accomplished wood turner with a wood lathe. Still is making pens fairly easy, or are their better projects to start on?
    Travis, hard to define "easy". Being tiny they reveal flaws readily. Penturners are kinda finicky and want theirs to be only perfect. Getting perfect finishes is, perhaps, the biggest challenge. What you can do on bowls won't work on pens. I would encourage trying. They are fun and even if you don't intend to sell, make great gifts.
    "Folks is funny critters."

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