Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing; Third Edition, Revised edition (December 1, 2012)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 10.8 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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New to pen making, this book has numerous project ideas on how to be more than ordinary. Much of it is beyond me right now but I expect to grow into many of its suggestions. I view it as a creativity reference.
The book contains all the information you need to make pens. However, being new to using a lathe and having never bought a pen kit before, was more than a little confused getting started. I didn't think it was made clear enough about the different sizes of drill bits you will probably need or how to begin using your lathe to make pens. After re-reading the book and learning what I was looking for, all the information is in there, it just isn't organized in the way a real novice might look for it.
As a seasoned woodturner and pen maker this volume provided new ways and enhanced information that I immediately applied to some new pens that I made and already sold.
I have been turning pens for about 3 months now and am pretty much self taught. I thought my work was getting pretty good until I opened Barry's book. I picked up a lot of information from Barry's book that I might never have known if I had not purchased the book. I am faciniated by the illustrations of pens that other pen turners have made. Makes me want to try different combinations of materials. Very pleased with the book. I have a long ways to go but this book will certainly shorten the road.
A well illustrated guide to pen turning. Numerous tips for the pen maker with a materials list for each project.His web site is well worth the visit as he carries many of the fixtures and products shown. Well worth theinvestment.
I originally purchased this book for one reason, ideas on turning a pen that looks like a cigar. The information was clear and useful, but I had a question. I e-mailed who passed the question on to Barry. He answered my question completely AND within 3 days! I will purchase more books from Barry. His information is extremely useful, and shows how to make unique pens.
Excellent book written by Barry Gross. Shows some advanced pen turnings, and explains them in terms one can understand. I would reccomend this book for beginners and more advanced turners. Jim S
This is a great book for beginning wood turners. Having just got into the hobby I don't have a lot of time at the lathe but when i do its good to have an idea of what is possible with pen turning. Its a hand reference for ideas and gives you something to strive towards. Would recommend for a beginner!
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