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The Pen Turner's Corner: The Sierra Explosion
By Don Ward

For: Beginner Turners


Have you noticed the explosion of one-piece pen kits? There seems to be a new one each time I look at the catalogs or online stores. Just a few years back there were only two or three kits using a single blank and then it all began. They now come in clicker pens, twist pens, with caps, shorter and longer barrels, and even pencils. Let’s explore what I think is the reason for this proliferation of one-piece pen kits. The information that follows is my perspective and how I remember the one-piece pen evolving. The evolution could be a little different.


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The project above was published in the September 2016 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:

Segmented Beads of Courage Boxes
by Al Miotke

PVC Spinning Top Launcher
by David Reed Smith

Make your own Wood Ferrules
by John Wolf

Woodturning Tips
by Staff

On the Lighter Side: Creating the “Joe-Bob” Bowl
by Bob Heltman

Product Review:
The Elbo Hollowing Tool

by: Tim Yoder