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Pen Workshop

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Saturday, March 16th brought another of the famous Barb's Barn workshops

The barn was ready for the group to setup

Barb says her organizational skills are better than her turning skills

Some of the folks and lathes arrive and start setting up

The workshop was taught by Turners 2 member, Rich Sarama

Rich's goal was to teach the beginners basic pen turning

Rich brought some samples of different styles and materials

Like most of the hands on workshops, lathes and space limits class size to 10 to 12 turners

Rich had provided a step by step handout and walked everyone through it explaining the reasons

Examples of the same wood, cut and drilled at different angles for different effect

Rich explains his method for marking the blank to allow for keeping the grain match

Part of the explanation of mandrels, the care and use is key to a quality pen

Rich's homemade, but very versatile and functional, drilling fixture

Rich usually uses a parabolic drill bit for his work

The differences between the parabolic bit and a brad point bit

Rich's marking technique for marking when planning "off-axis" drilling

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Photos by Kurt Hertzog
     

 


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