Actually turning the wood is only part of pen making. A lot of work goes into it before it even goes on the lathe. And there is a lot of work after it comes off, too!
First I have to find my wood, then drill a hole in it and glue brass tubing into the hole. The tubing will become the center of the pen. After that it’s ready for the lathe. Once I turn it, I put the finish on and am left with this:
(Note the brass tubing inside)
That doesn’t exactly leave me with a pen …
So I thought I’d show you how I assemble it! First I slide the writing tip into the brass tubing. I use my clamp to press them together.
Next I slide the twist mechanism into the tube, and press that into place as well.
After that I can slide the ink cartridge into the twist mechanism.
Then I start working on the top. I slip the clip and cap into place and press them.
Then slide the center band into place.
Then I slip the top on.
And wa-la! The finished pen, ready to photograph and go up on Etsy!