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The Pen Turner’s Corner: Making Rattlesnake Skin Pen Blanks using the Tube-On Clear Casting Process
By Don Ward

For: Intermediate Turners


Editiors Note: The is the second tutorial on casting in Don's five-part series.

Last month’s article was an overview of casting to make pen blanks and other blanks for small turnings such as bottle stoppers, boxes or small bowls. This month’s article will be a tutorial on how I prepare snakeskins for clear casting to create unique pen blanks. This type of casting is often referred to as “tube-on” clear casting.


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The project above was published in the September 2015 edition of the magazine. You may purchase the entire magazine edition by clicking on the "Purchase this edition" tab below. Here is a partial list of this edition's contents:

Turning a Wood Baseball and Stand
by Marvin Stoltzfus

From Firewood to a Threaded Acorn Ring Box
by Paul Rohrbacher

Opinel's Wood Turned Knives
by Dennis Daudelin

Turning Burial Urns
by Dick Webber

On the Lighter Side: Gold Leaf Restoration on Bowl
by Bob Heltman

Product Review:
Rubber Jam Chucks and other Woodturning Aids

by: Rubber Chucky