Turning Modified Slimline Pens
Beyond the Basics

by Don Ward

215 x 280mm

Published by Schiffer Publishing, West Chester, Pennsylvania USA


ISBN 978-0-7643-4169-4

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As reviewed in The Australian Woodworker Issue 168

Just a glance through the gallery at the end of this book would excite the interest of anyone who has ever considered turning pens.

Some 60 designs are presented, illustrating the extraordinary diversity that can be achieved by modifying and customising the basic Slimline Pen Kit.

Don Ward uses this kind of kit (which can be purchased in Australia for about $2 each), as the basis for 10 projects designed to demonstrate techniques which create very different styles of pen.

Project 1 is the Basic Slimline Pen. It is presented in brief step-by-step notes accompanied by over 30 close-up photographs. All of the other projects are treated in the same manner.

The author calls Project 2 The Don Line, a pen with a longer lower barrel than normal, but a standard length upper barrel. The chapter devoted to this project also includes notes on Center Band or Accent Band Materials. These include obtaining the material from such unusual sources as credit cards, drink bottle caps and aluminium drink cans.

Project 3 is a variation of The Don Line - moving the accent band away from the end of the cap - while Project 4 is another variation, this time a Matching Pen and Pencil Set.

Project 5, called the Hunter's Special, uses the casing from a rifle bullet (new or used, not live!) for the lower part of the barrel.

Project 6 is not a pen, but a discussion of the various finishes that may be used for pens.

The next project is called a Challenge Pen because of the way in shich the design originated. It is made from three blanks and has a composite upper barrel.

Project 8 is a variation on Project 7, Project 9 is a one-piece Slimline Pen and the last project is a pen shaped like a baseball bat.

Don Ward is an accomplished woodturner and demonstrator who has been making pens for well over 10 years. His well illustrated book is a practical, down -to-earth text intended to help the penmaker explore new designs and learn new techniques.

Photos: Colour

Units of Measurement: Imperial



Pen Turning Tips and Hints

Project 1: The Basic Slimline

Project 2: The Don Line

Project 3: Variation on the Don Line

Project 4: Variation II on the Don Line

Project 5: Hunter's Special

Project 6: Finishes for Pens

Project '7: The Challenge Pen

Project 8: Challenge Pen Variation

Project 9: The One Piece Slimline

Project 10: Batter Up! Baseball Bat Slimline

Completed Projects