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    New Pen Turning Addict

    Hello,
    I've just joined the forum after becoming a new addict to pen turning. I am a retired Engineer and Company Director living in Cambridgeshire, UK . Married with two sons living locally, and a daughter in Geelong, Australia.
    My previous obsession was carving traditional rocking horses but they take a long time and you can't really collect them unless you live in a barn! I have been an occasional wood turner for a while and needed a new use for the lathe and pens are definitely one answer....you can never have enough pens, they don't take long or cost that much and make great gifts....until your friends and family get sick of them! I would really like to cast my own hybrid blanks and have bought a casting pot but, so far, have just made a mess, wasted a lot of resin, and have failed to make a successful hybrid blank...but I will persevere!
    I look forward to contributing and receiving some sound advice.
    Cheers.
    David Milner


     
     
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    Welcome to the Forum, we have some excellent casters on here and what's even better is they are nice guys who share some great advice. Yes.....pen turning is addictive and has so many different directions it can take you, I am 10 years in and still learning loads.....enjoy!
    I only open my mouth...to change feet...
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    In the meantime show us pics of your Rocking Horses David. Has your daughter become a Geelong Aussie Rules fan yet?

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    Hi David,
    and welcome to the forum. Ask your questions, there are guys on here that casts their own blanks.
    Kelvin

     
     
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    Peter,
    Collingwood Magpies is the team the family supports over there. We are due out there for some sun next m,month but not looking forward to 30 hours travelling! I have yet to work out how to attach images to posts...when I do I will show you some horses. If you fancy making one, visit this site ( rockinghorseshop.co.uk ) and they ship plans overseas.
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    Hi David, welcome. Casting takes practice, time and money lol
    I'm not as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was

     
     
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    Hi and welcome David.

    When you make a new post scroll down before posting and you will see Manage attachments click on that and you can enter 3 picture you can also do another three after the first have been accepted following that another two So you can post 8 pictures in any one post.
    If you want to add pictures to a post that you are replying to before posting press the advanced button and scroll down for the manage attachments
    Once all picture and post is complete then press the post button
    "The only people who never fail are those that never try"


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    Hello and welcome to the forum David.
    Kind regards John.

     
     
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    Welcome David good to have you on board.
    You know your old when your sweetie says "lets go upstairs and make love" and you reply "honey, I can't do both."

     
     
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    G"Day David, Welcome to the forum from the centre of Australia.

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