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    Hello.

    Hello all. I only started woodturning fairly recently and have started making some pens. Finding them good for building confidence and consistency as they are achievable in fairly short windows of time.
    I do a lot of youth / young adult care and support work based on the family farm. I am finding them useful for that too. Helping with the preparation and assembly of pens and key rings is a great focus point for a number of the lads I work with. Especially when they get to take one home or know someone wanted one they helped make ! Mainly using wood we've cut or coppiced on the farm so they get to see an added outcome from hard work they did, in some cases nearly two years ago. :-)
    What I am also finding is something that started as an asset for my work is now becoming personally rather fascinating and involved. Hence looking up a forum and seeking to go a bit further myself.
    I may not get time to post much or have a lot to say but I look forward to picking up some pointers and keeping an interest growing.


     
     
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    Welcome Duncan.
    You've reached a very friendly forum.
    Ask away if you have any questions. There's lots of knowable people on here.

    Dave

     
     
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    Hello Duncan,
    nice to have you with us.
    Kind regards John.

     
     
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    Hi Duncan and welcome, and what a good project, I salute your patience

    If you are using coppiced wood then I recommend that you set some aside for the pen making and in the thickest sections you can , then spit it in half and let it air dry with a space in between each piece, count on 1 year for each 1" of thickness for drying. This will avoid your pens splitting off the tube later on.

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    Hi Duncan,

    Good to see another turner from Bucks.

     
     
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    Hello Pierre, I currently have a mix of wild cherry, spalted beech, hazel and a small amount of blackthorn cut, split and tucked away in various nooks and crannies around the farm barns and outbuildings. It is definitely a lesson in patience !
    Hello Paul, likewise. Thanks for the welcome.

     
     
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    welcome Duncan, Look forward to having you around the forum!

     
     
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    Hello Duncan, Welcome to the funny farm, what a great way to start and a good thing to be doing.....
    Long may you continue!
    I only open my mouth...to change feet...
    www.turningmatters.co.uk

     
     
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    Hello Duncan. Welcome to the turning family.
    If I'm ever on life support unplug me. Then plug me back in. See if that works.

     
     
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    Welcome Duncan
    Ask questions and put some photographs of your pens up.

    Alan

     
     

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