"Here is the definitive guide to turning writing instruments. Kip Christensen and Rex Burningham leave no aspect of this very satisfying craft untouched in their bid to produce the best book on the subject for both seasoned pen makers and anyone new to this absorbing craft.
Through clear text and superb photography the authors describe the various ways of approaching the task, allowing you to select the best procedure for the equipment available and work according to your desired scale of production. In addition to showing how to turn pens freehand, they demonstrate alternative methods, including using a router and lathe combined, ornamental milling, and use of a jeweler's lathe.
An early chapter, getting Started, covers safety, selection of tools and materials, and suppliers of mechanisms and fittings. Jigs and fixtures that will increase your efficiency are featured throughout the book, and a chapter titled Tips and Tricks draws on the extensive experience of both authors. Also thoroughly covered are alternative materials, including synthetics, stabilized woods, dymondwood, antler, and polymer clay. Suggestions for marketing, displaying, and customizing your pens through engraving are provided.
The projects were selected to show a wide variety of techniques used in making various types of writing instrument, including:
· Twist pen
· Click pencil
· European-style pen
· Americana twist pen
· Tapered rollerball
· Variations on basic pens
An impressive showcase of finished pens and pencils has all the items in the chapters, and a sampling of other variations that will attract and inspire.
Between them, Kip Christensen and Rex Burningham have over thirty years' turning experience and have made thousands of pens. They have exhibited and published widely, taught numerous woodturning workshops, and helped many people – young and old alike – learn the fun and rewarding process of making pens on the lathe. "