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Create Stunning Writing Implements on Your Lathe Learn to create- and sell-exquisite custom made pens. If you're looking for exciting pen turning projects and the most up-to-date information available on tools, materials, and techniques, you'll find it all in this definitive guide. Expert pen turner Barry Gross shows you how to craft fine writing implements for yourself and your customers, in a completely revised and expanded new edition. Gorgeous New Color Photographs: Get inspired to create your own one-of-a-kind conversation piece by browsing an updated Gallery of Pens showcasing the latest work from master pen makers. 18 Customizable Pen Turning Projects: Build a classic pen or try something new with a wide range of pen projects for all skill levels. Clear step-by-step photos ensure success for novice turners. Amazing Advanced Materials: Discover great new pen turning options using advanced materials like Acrywood, Trustone, Alumilite casting resin, Inlace Acrylester, acrylic ripple and Macro Molecular Metal. New in This Edition--Casting Clear Acrylic Pen Blanks: Learn how to create personalized masterpiece pens by coating almost any art, memorabilia, or found objects with clear acrylic. Experiment with stamps, snakeskin, cigar wrappers, watch parts, pigmy seahorses, or scrapbook photos the only limit is your imagination.

About the Author

Barry Gross, an expert woodworker and artisan with more than 30 years of experience, specializes in transforming wood and other media such as Corian - the kitchen countertop material - into amazing pieces of art and useful every-day items. A skilled teacher who knows how to start at the beginning, Barry volunteers solutions to his own mistakes with the hope of encouraging beginners to redesign rather than recycle. Barry is a member of the American Association of Woodturners, the Bucks County Woodturning Association and the Scroll Saw Association of the World. Barry was recently invited to join the prestigious Pen Makers' Guild and is named in Who's Who in 2005. His art can be seen in various art galleries including Island Earth Gallery, Langman Galleries and Wylands Sae Life Gallery in New York. In addition, he has received commissions from DuPont and for the Alien Stinger display at the New York Aquarium. His exquisite turned pens are sought after for gifting, most noteably, his Stars and Strips pen was recently gifted to House Speaker Dennis Hastert. Barry Gross is the author of Pen Turner's Workbook, Learn to Turn and a frequent contributor to Scroll Saw Workshop magazine and Woodturning Design Magazine. He lives in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing; Third Edition, Revised edition (December 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565237633
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565237636
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New to pen making, this book has numerous project ideas on how to be more than ordinary. Much of it is beyond me right now but I expect to grow into many of its suggestions. I view it as a creativity reference.
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The book contains all the information you need to make pens. However, being new to using a lathe and having never bought a pen kit before, was more than a little confused getting started. I didn't think it was made clear enough about the different sizes of drill bits you will probably need or how to begin using your lathe to make pens. After re-reading the book and learning what I was looking for, all the information is in there, it just isn't organized in the way a real novice might look for it.
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As a seasoned woodturner and pen maker this volume provided new ways and enhanced information that I immediately applied to some new pens that I made and already sold.
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I have been turning pens for about 3 months now and am pretty much self taught. I thought my work was getting pretty good until I opened Barry's book. I picked up a lot of information from Barry's book that I might never have known if I had not purchased the book. I am faciniated by the illustrations of pens that other pen turners have made. Makes me want to try different combinations of materials. Very pleased with the book. I have a long ways to go but this book will certainly shorten the road.
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This book has so much great information and it sparks so many new ideas for pens. I met the author of this book at the woodworking show in Atlanta earlier this year in 2013 and Barry Gross is a very knowledgeable man in the art of turning pens. Barry was so willing to answer any and all questions that I had. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that is interested in turning pens. Thanks Barry!
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A well illustrated guide to pen turning. Numerous tips for the pen maker with a materials list for each project.
His web site is well worth the visit as he carries many of the fixtures and products shown. Well worth the
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I originally purchased this book for one reason, ideas on turning a pen that looks like a cigar. The information was clear and useful, but I had a question. I e-mailed Amazon who passed the question on to Barry. He answered my question completely AND within 3 days! I will purchase more books from Barry. His information is extremely useful, and shows how to make unique pens.
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Excellent book written by Barry Gross. Shows some advanced pen turnings, and explains them in terms one can understand. I would reccomend this book for beginners and more advanced turners. Jim S
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