Turning Pens & Pencils
by Kip Christensen and
Rex Burningham

210 x 275mm

Published by Guild of Master Craftsman Publications Ltd, East Sussex UK


ISBN 1-86108-100-6

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Extract from Dale L. Nish's Foreword to the book:

Woodturning may be the ultimate woodworking experience for the hobbyist and many turners who make a living from various aspects of the craft. The investment in equipment and tools can be relatively inexpensive and materials readily available from numerous sources. Some may be found, some purchased, some traded for and some obtained from friends who are aware of the woodturner's interest.

A year ago I made pens for my aunts in Canada from caragana (Siberian pea tree), cut from a windbreak planted nearly one hundred years ago to provide relief from the predictable Alberta wind. These trees surround the small, one-room school which my father attended and have been a special source of material for keepsakes and to keep memories alive.

The interest in turning pens and pencils has exceeded the most optimistic predictions since pen and pencil parts were first introduced to the woodturning market.

This book by Kip Christensen and Rex Burningham is the defining book on pen and pencil making. The ten chapters provide a complete treatise on the subject, including history, tools, accessories and materials. The outstanding color photos, with close-up details, are the primary source of instruction, but further clarification comes from the text which expands the knowledge of the reader.

The introductory information is supported with detailed, basic information on the making of straight-barreled pens the foundation for further adventures in pen making. Further challenges are achieved by following the excellent photos and step-by- step procedures for the very popular European and American style pens. Jigs and fixtures are clearly shown to facilitate drilling and assembly.

Rex Burningham has turned thousands of pens, and has worked to refine as well as design pen mechanisms to make them more user-friendly. He probably knows as much or more about all aspects of pen making as anyone in the business.

Kip Christensen has written extensively, as well as being an innovator in the use of a variety of synthetic and natural materials. His research includes stabilizing spalted wood and working with natural materials such as antler. He is also a proficient pen and pencil maker, with years of wood- turning experience.

Rex and Kip complement each other with enthusiasm, experience and skill. From their combined experience comes the ability to offer numerous tips to help increase efficiency and to prevent or solve common problems in pen and pencil making and suggestions for customizing pen presentation for sales, laser engraving and information cards.

This book is written for anyone with an interest in pen making. It will demonstrate how a novice can be a successful pen-maker, and it will also be an excellent reference for experienced turners who would like to expand their knowledge of pen making.
Dale L. Nish

Photos: Colour



The History of Writing Instruments

Getting Started

Basic Pens and Pencils in Detail

European and American Style Pens

Tapered Rollerball and Fountain Pens

Style Variation on Basic Pens

Alternative Methods of Producing Pens

Alternative Materials for Making Pens

Tips and Tricks

What To Do With All These Pens?


Processes and Materials Used for Pens

Metric Conversion Table

Polymer Clay Reference Books

About the Authors