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    My first pen.

    This is my first attempt at turning.
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    This is my second, and first pen.
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    As you can see, I知 no photographer either.


     
     
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    That's a nice looking pen Gavin, well done. A couple of years ago, I showed my first pen, it was terrible. Iv'e still got it. keep yours.
    Kind regards John.

     
     
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    Looks great.
    Nicely done.

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    You're off to a good start, Gavin. Keep on turning

     
     
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    Thank you for the compliments. Not sure if this is the right place to ask questions, but here goes.
    How close to the bush do you turn, before sanding?
    Is there a general rule regarding the shape of slimline pens?

    Many thanks.

     
     
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    Rafferties rules abound in shaping your Slimline friends. Over countless years for me the shape you chose has been the most familiar. Everything depends on something as surely how close you turn to the bushes before finishing,personally I disregard bushes using them only as a guide and depending on the use of calipers for the final fit, that something includes what finish you intend to use.

    Welcome into the privilige of penturning so called by me because of the satisfaction I have had turning them over a long time now that has never diminished or failed to satisfy. This forum can assist you and me to share regard in turning.

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    Don't take it to heart but the top one is too thick and has no nib

    Great first attempt, bet the family are suitably impressed.
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    That's a cracking first pen Gavin. There are no rules about the shape of any pen, nor pen police to tell you off. Common sense, ergonomics and aesthetics need to be high on the agenda though, as some shapes will look just wrong or will be impractical from the point of view of actually using the pen.

    Personally I turn slimlines so that they're parallel, which entirely subjectively, I think looks better that way. I've seen others though that are really quite fat indeed - quite the opposite of slim in fact. There's no right or wrong, but I do wonder just how easy the fat ones are to hold and to write with.

    You'll get used to how far down to the bushes you need to turn. The material you're turning will have quite a lot to do with it, as will the extent to which you need to pretty up the tooling with abrasives. Soft pine will abrade much more readily than say an exotic hardwood, so turning both of those down to the same extent may possibly result in the exotic hardwood being on target by the end of the process, and the soft pine being under sized. Just experiment and enjoy the journey, that's my advice. You'll pick up masses of knowledge along the way with the benefit of experience, and even with a zillion pens under their belts, everyone has a failure from time to time, so don't be afraid of that either.
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    That is a great first attempt. Peter’s advice is very wise. Using callipers to confirm the best size, slimline components can vary quite a bit. It is difficult to say how much to leave for sanding since it rather depends on the finish you can get from your tools. With sharp tools you hopefully should not need too much sanding.

     
     
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    Excellent first pen Gavin!!!!
    *Looks Great*
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