Pens Make Great Gifts
With a few specialty tools, you can turn your nicest scraps into keepsakes
Synopsis: Pen turning is fun, it’s a great use for scraps, and it can probably be done mostly with tools you already own and skills you already have. Barry Gross will show you what you need to get started, how to choose the wood, prepare the blanks, turn and polish the barrels, and assemble the pen. And in the time it takes you to read this article, you could put together a fabulous gift (or more than one). Give it a try!
More furniture makers should try turning a pen. You already have most of the tools you need, you probably have the wood, and if you’ve done any wood turning at all, you have the skills. Not only is pen turning fun, but pens also make great gifts both for the recipient and for the maker. In the time you’d spend making a box—never mind a small piece…