Unglued Christmas Market

A few weeks ago, Ashley from the Unglued Christmas Market  contacted me. She said they would like to sell some of my items at their pop-up boutique! Their store will be open Black Friday thru Christmas Eve.

I started working on making items for Unglued right away. I’ve been working on them for the few weeks now, which is why I haven’t been posting many new items on etsy recently.

Anni had to work on labeling and packaging all the items. She had to hand type over 50 tags. On a real typewriter! Which meant that if she messed up, she had to throw the tag away and start. all. over.

Here is a Boxelder Burl Pen all labeled and ready to go! The tag has the name of the wood, the price, and a little information about the pen on back. We also included a business card with each item.

And here are seven pens all ready!

L-R: Boxelder Burl, Black Ash Burl, Russian Olive, Black Walnut, White Tailed Deer Antler, Caragana, and another Boxelder Burl.

And here are the pens, along with a bangle, a top, and a honey stick.

These are just a few of the items I will have for sale at Unglued.

I have over 20 pens, along with some boxes, jewelry (a bangle and rings), a honey stick and almost a dozen tops!

I got to have a sneak peek at the store when I delivered the items. It is amazing! It is full of hand-made items from artists all over the Fargo-Moorhead area. The whole store is so modern and artistic. I’m really excited to be a part of it!


AAW Symposium

Recently I went to the AAW (which stands for the American Association of Woodturners) 25th Annual Symposium in St. Paul, MN. I learned an enormous amount of information from professionals from around the world. They had classes from 8 a.m. until around 5 p.m. three days in a row. I went to workshops by Michael Hosaluk, Alan Lacer and David Elssworth among others. And I saw Stuart Batty  and Jimmy Clewes in the Trade Show. Stuart Batty was doing demonstrations and videoing the sessions. He had six video cameras and tv’s set up, so people could see exactly what he was doing.

These guys are some of the best wood turners in America. I had seen a lot of their DVD’s, so it was really amazing to meet them in person!

I also went to Rex Burningham on making pens. One of the many things I learned at the symposium was how to make these mini pens! I use the same kit as I use for making normal pens, but Rex told us how to modify them. Basically you take the ink cartridge and cut it so it is shorter. You also have to use smaller pieces of wood. These mini pens are great for carrying around!

I learned a lot of other cool techniques for making pens which I will be trying in the near future!

Assembling a Pen

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!