Turning Pen & Pencil Sets

September 3 - September 4, 2022

Turning Pen & Pencil Sets


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $355
Material Fee: $75

Even if you have never made a pen before, Barry will make you feel at home in this course! A quick overview of what tools are necessary to make pens will be discussed and then the instructor will demonstrate how to make a pen from beginning to end. You will learn how to drill a pen blank on a lathe, glue the pen tube in the blank, square the end of the blank, turn it on the lathe, finish it and then assemble your masterpiece into a pen or pencil! Turning tool techniques and which turning tools are the best for each participant will be discussed and demonstrated. Everyone will make at least 2 pens and 2 pencils while having FUN!

*Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Barry Gross

Barry Gross started creating his fine writing instruments over 20 years ago working with exotic woods. Since then he has moved to working with resins to create his one-of-a-kind fine writing instruments. In 2010 he won a Readers’ Choice Award from Pen World Magazine and has published over 70 articles for woodworking magazines as well as authoring six books on turning. In 2012 he was a double Niche Award finalist and was commissioned by the White House to make pens for foreign dignitaries by former Vice President Dick Cheney. In 2014 -2015 he was accepted as a member of Who’s Who for outstanding achievements in the field of woodturning. For the past 15 years he has been a featured demonstrator for The Woodworking Shows and has demonstrated for National and Regional AAW sponsored events.

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