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Live action audio of my dad teaching us how to turn pens on a mini lathe

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Hosted by Jon Kulp on 2016-01-28 is flagged as Explicit and is released under a CC-BY-SA license.
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Grandpa Shows Us How to Turn Custom Pens on a Lathe

Warning: this show is kind of long, even though I cut out about half of the original raw audio. While my parents were visiting during the holidays, my dad taught me, the wife, and the kids how to turn pens on his mini lathe. We made a few mechanical pencils, a pen and I also made a giant workshop pencil. Click on the image below to look at the gallery of photos on Flickr.

Pen Turning

[my wife's lovely mechanical pencil]

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Comment #1 posted on 2016-01-28T19:00:59Z by Dave Morriss

Most interesting and entertaining

I love shows like this. It felt like I was right there observing the pen making. I could almost smell the acrylic.

The results look great too. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Comment #2 posted on 2016-01-29T00:10:54Z by Jon Kulp

Acrylic smells

Glad to hear you enjoyed it, Dave. Wish you could have been here with us to turn a nice fountain pen for yourself. It was fun! BTW Trumpet Guy gave me my first fountain pen this week. Cheapo old Sheaffer pen he's had for years but I'm enjoying signing documents with it.

Comment #3 posted on 2016-02-01T16:57:03Z by Dave Morriss

Old Sheaffer

Great to hear you have officially joined the league of fountain pen wielders!

You should get yourself some fountain pen-friendly writing paper. Something from Rhodia or Clairefontaine perhaps. Then have a go at writing stuff: notes, letters, poetry, whatever. It can be a pleasure and very relaxing.

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