Writer Profile for Don Ward

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Don Ward

Wichita Falls, TX

I am a retired public school teacher and I taught in Texas public schools for 35 years. I taught high school mathematics for 32 years at Holliday High School in Holliday, Texas and retired in June of 2006.

I have always enjoyed woodworking and developed an interest in woodturning in 1998. Having always loved pens, especially older fountain pens, I was quite excited in 2001 when I discovered that I could make pens on my wood lathe. I  turned my first pen and was hooked. I have studied, learned, grown and developed, not only in my turning, but also in my pen making. I have  become an accomplished pen maker and continue to strive to make my artwork through pens unique and beautiful.

I am a member of the American Association of Woodturners, Wichita Falls Woodturners, International Association of Penturners, and have been accepted into the Penmaker's Guild.

Along with my love of turning, especially pens, I find time to help new penturners develop their skills. I've done demonstrations at the Penturner's Rendezvous in Provo Utah. I was a member of a group of penturners who were successful in getting a penturning track included at the yearly symposium sponsored by the Southwestern Association of Woodturners and have demonstrated pen making at the symposium in 2005 and 2006.


Contact Info:

Email: don@redriverpens.com
Web Site: http://www.RedRiverPens.com



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Making a custom longwood twist penJul 2015
Making Turning Blanks from Homemade CastingsAug 2015
Making Rattlesnake Skin Pen Blanks using the Tube-On Clear Casting ProcessSep 2015
Tube-On Clear Casting ProcessOct 2015
Casting Bowls, Boxes, Stoppers and Pen Blanks using AlumiliteNov 2015
Casting Tutorial Wrap-upDec 2015
Turning a Screwdriver HandleJan 2016
Spheres Anyone?Feb 2016
Spheres Anyone? (Continued from Last Month)Mar 2016
Making a Pen Blank From Colored PencilsApr 2016
Pen Turning Sans Mandrel or No-Mandrel Pen TurningJun 2016
Turning a Fountain PenAug 2016
The Sierra ExplosionSep 2016
Turning a Dragon Pen with the Dragon Scales Epoxy Inlay KitNov 2016
Turning a Pen with a Fire and Rescue Laser Inlay KitDec 2016
Turn a Pool Cue PenJan 2017
Closed-End PensFeb 2017
Turning Closed-End Rollerball and Fountain PensMar 2017
Stabilizing Wood at Home using Cactus JuiceApr 2017
A Slimline Modification: The Challenge PenMay 2017
THE PENTURNER'S CORNER: Slimline Modification--The DonLineJun 2017
THE PENTURNER'S CORNER: Hexagonal Pen BarrelsJul 2017
Hidden or Recessed clipsAug 2017
Pen Turners' Corner: Turning a One-Piece Cigar PenSep 2017
Pen Turners' Corner: No Bushings Pen TurningOct 2017
The Penturner’s Corner: Pens from Ancient Kauri and Using a PSI Mandrel SaverNov 2017




The Penturner's CornerMar 2015
The Penturner's CornerMay 2015
The Penturner's CornerFeb 2015
The Penturner's CornerJan 2015
The Penturner's CornerJun 2015
SWAT Turns 25Oct 2016