Every pen begins by carefully selecting the perfect piece of wood. The grain must be perfect, and free of any blemish.
(Pic1) The wood is formed into a blank on the table saw.
(Pic 2) The new blank is marked for accurate drilling of the hole for the turning mandrel.
(Pic 3) The hole is drilled on the drill press. There can be no error as this will cause the pen to fail and the turning dangerous.
(Pic 4) With the drilling complete, brass tubes the length of the new pen is glued into the blank. These add strength to the new pen and provide a solid base to assemble the turned pen. The blanks are now slid on the turning mandrel. Bushings that determine the pens basic shape are added as a guide for turning.
(Pic 5) The blanks are placed into the lathe and the turning begins.
(Pic 6) When turned to the size and desired shape the blanks are sanded using grits from 100 to 1500 grit. Friction finish is then applied in several coats to give the pen its luster and to protect the wood during years of use.
(Pic 7) The finished blanks are mated to pen components by use of a pen press. This ensures an accurate and tight assembly.
(Pic 8) The completed pen is then laser engraved if desired and placed in the box, ready for the new owner to enjoy for a lifetime.