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Getting Started with Pen Turning

It may seem daunting but we're making it simple. Start Pen Turning in 3 easy steps. Here is everything you need to know to start making pens now.

1. The Lathe

You will want something great for pen turning, but also capable of also turning candle sticks, bottle openers, and other awesome items that can be created with a versatile Mini/Midi Lathe. Click here to see our Lathe Starter Sets.

2. Essential Tools

You will need chisels, a pen mandrel, a barrel trimmer, a pen tube insertion tool, pen press and any tool that can drill (like this one) and any tool that can cut (like this one).

3. Essential Supplies

You will need pen kits. You may also need pen blanks, glue, sandpaper, and finishes. Together, you will have everything you need to make an operational pen. There are really endless possibilities!

Overwhelmed? As a beginner, it may be easier to use a Pen Turning Starter Sets that has the lathe and all the necessary tools for pretty much anything you would want to do while making a pen.

Free DVD - Beginner's Guide to Pen Turning

Free DVD

Get our Free DVD, "Hand-Crafted Pens - The Basics: A Beginner's Guide to Pen Turning on the Lathe.

Pen Kit Starter Packages

3 Bolt Action Pen Kit Starter Pack

3 Bolt Action Pen Kit Starter Pack

Item #: PKCPBAPAK
Our Price: $42.75
4 Motorcycle Kickstart Action Pen Kit Starter Set

4 Motorcycle Kickstart Action Pen Kit Starter Set

Item #: PKMOTSS
Our Price: $87.70
4  Football Twist Pen Kit Starter Set

4 Football Twist Pen Kit Starter Set

Item #: PKFBALLSS
Our Price: $71.70
3 Fly Fishing Twist Pen Kit Starter Set

3 Fly Fishing Twist Pen Kit Starter Set

Item #: PKFLYSS
Our Price: $46.75
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Pen Turning Tools for Beginners

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Best Lathes for Starting and Mastering Pen Turning

Advanced Pen Making Starter Set with Turncrafter Commander 10 in. Multi Speed Midi Lathe

Advanced Pen Making Starter Set with Turncrafter Commander 10 in. Multi Speed Midi Lathe

Item #: KWL-1018A
Our Price: $537.95
Basic Pen Making Starter Set with Turncrafter Commander 10 in. Variable Speed Midi Lathe

Basic Pen Making Starter Set with Turncrafter Commander 10 in. Variable Speed Midi Lathe

Item #: KWL-10SSB
Our Price: $451.95
Pen Making Starter Set with Turncrafter Commander 10in. Variable speed Midi Lathe

Pen Making Starter Set with Turncrafter Commander 10in. Variable speed Midi Lathe

Item #: PKPMSPEC
Our Price: $695.95
PenPal Pen Making Lathe

PenPal Pen Making Lathe

Item #: PENPAL
Our Price: $199.95
PenPal Pen Making Lathe Starter Set

PenPal Pen Making Lathe Starter Set

Item #: PENPALSS
Our Price: $329.95
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