Pen Turning requires a lot of planning to ensure the pattern gets imparted correctly. The rosette's amplitude could be too large, so it must be managed appropriately using an Amplitude Adjuster, and the cutting action must be perfectly aligned with the spindle's axis of rotation. The referenced articles below give far more information about this.
Additional pictures of this device
Examples of work produced with this device
Examples of this device in use
How it works
Notes on making one
- Creating a Pen Mandrel With Eric Spatt by Eric Spatt. Ornamental Turners International Newsletter, Volume 20, No. 1 - Spring, 2013, pg. 8
- Pen Barrels by Scott Barrett. Ornamental Turners International Newsletter, Volume 26, No. 1 - Summer, 2019, pg. 12
- Pen Mandrel Modifications by Peter Gerstel. Rose Engine News, Volume 6, No. 1, Spring-Summer, 2015, pg, 8.
- Pen Turning by (unknown). Rose Engine News, Volume 4, No. 3, Winter, 2013-4, pg, 10.
- Rough Turning and Facing Pen Blanks by John Tarpley. Rose Engine News, Volume 4, No. 2, Tool Bonus Issue, 2014, pg, 24.
- Using the Straight Line Chuck to Make Pens by Brian Clarry and David Lindow with Charts by Jeffery Cheramie. Rose Engine News, Volume 4, No. 2, Tool Bonus Issue, 2014, pg, 25.
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