Turning pens is a favorite pursuit of many craftsmen for a number of reasons:
- It can be quick. Once you have the basics down you can turn a simple pen in no time flat.
- It doesn’t have to be expensive. The material cost in a pen can be less than a cup of coffee.
- There’s no limit to what you can do. Start simple, then move to some fancy wood, try some resin, incorporate some unique hardware.
And nobody loves to turn pens more than Brandon Branch. Brandon is an active member of the ToolMetrix VetsTurn program for US combat veterans who has found a passion for pen turning, and he has developed a remarkable skill set for turning out stunning, artisan writing instruments. Brandon said “I’ve enjoyed turning as a natural extension to my other woodworking interests. While I find many different turning projects to be satisfying, pen turning has risen to the top and become my favorite.”
I asked Brandon if he had any tips for those of us who are interested in trying our hand at turning pens, and he offered up five gems:
As Brandon has found, pen turning is a relaxing, satisfying hobby or business opportunity. But be warned; it is highly addictive!
You can follow along with Brandon’s woodworking and woodturning adventures here: For more information on woodturning and the Revo 1216 lathe, check out the ToolMetrix YouTube channel.