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Complete Guide to Turning Pens & Pencils: Techniques and Projects for Turners of All Levelsby Walter Hall
Synopses & Reviews
Putting pen (or pencil) to paper is one thing. Crafting either from scratch is another. Turners looking for professional guidance and new ideas will embrace "Complete Guide to Turning Pens and Pencils." This comprehensive book includes 15 projects (12 pens/3 pencils), ranging from basic to intermediate and advanced. Attractive to turners is that many of the projects can be made in a short time utilizing just a standing lathe or even a small, portable model. In these pages, equipment and materials are clearly presented, including types of mechanism kits available. Techniques from blank preparation to sanding, polishing, and finishing are explained in easy-to-follow step-by-step photographs. Also included is a range of casing styles to suit all tastes, from fine timbers, sustainable woods, and acrylics to polymer clay. An added bonus is an extensive gallery of actual-size pens and pencils for inspiration. Putting pen to paper never looked so good!
Book News Annotation:
This colorful illustrated guide to pen turning provides a detailed discussion of the tools, materials, and techniques used in the shaping of heirloom quality custom pen bodies. Topics explored include materials and blank preparation; shop safety; lathe techniques; specific processes for wood, polymer clay, and cast resin pens; finishing; and assembly. The second half of the work presents fifteen projects from start to finish detailing step-by-step instructions for key features of each pen. The volume is filled with brilliant color photographs of both processes and finished pens. Hall is an experienced pen turner and wood worker based in the UK. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Turners looking for professional guidance and new ideas will embrace this comprehensive book that includes 20 projects, ranging from basic to intermediate and advanced. Attractive to turners is that many of the projects can be made in a short time utilizing just a standing lathe or even a small, portable model.
About the Author
WALTER HALL has been turning pens and pencils for more than 20 years, crafting them from fine rare timbers, man-made materials, and sustainable wood. He sells his pens through The Chantry craft center in Morpeth, Northumberland, U.K., and on his website, www.walterspens.co.uk. He's also a regular contributor to "Woodturning "magazine as a product reviewer.
Table of Contents
Part 1, Equipment and Materials
Chapter 1. Tools Lathes and Equipment Mandrels and work holding
Drills and drilling equipment
Chisels and gouges (incl. sharpening)
The Beall Pen Wizard
Chapter 2. Materials Timber
Stabilised wood and laminated materials
Laser cut blanks
Chapter 3. Types of kit Some notes on plating
More advanced kits
Sources of supply (incl. notes on importing)
Chapter 4. Finishes Friction polishes
Buffing Compounds Protective waxes
Part 2, Techniques
Chapter 5. Techniques Safety
Blank preparation: Cutting, Drilling, Gluing tubes,
Work holding on the lathe: Mandrels, Between centres.
Turning: Timber, Stabilised wood, Acrylics, Polymer Clays.
Sanding and polishing: Timber, Other materials.
Finishing: General, Friction polishes, Lacquers, Cyanoacrylate, Buffing.
Part 3. Projects and Gallery
Chapter 6. Projects Eight Basic Projects
Eight Intermediate Projects
Four Advanced Projects
Chapter 7. Gallery of pens and pencils
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