When it comes to learning any new hobby, I love to take advantage of all available resources. And that especially applies to my pen turning hobby. For this post, I’m sharing 37 training resources for pen turners. Help and training are not far away. In fact, it’s right at your fingertips or perhaps just down the street.
Everyone learns a little differently. Some of us are visual learners, some auditory, and some learn better by hands-on. The 37 resources I’ve listed below offer a variety of ways to learn. Like anything, learning to turn pens takes practice. Don’t be discouraged if you fail some. We can all learn from our own mistakes and hearing about the mistakes of others.
Hope you enjoy! And I welcome your suggestions to expand this list and make it even better.
Online Forums & Groups
Lots to learn from these groups, and you may even pick up a few new friends. These forums offer free advice for all pen turners from beginner to advanced.
- International Association of Pen Turners
- Pen Maker’s Guild
- Pen Turners Facebook Group
- The Pen Turner’s Group (Yahoo)
- The Pen Shop
Individuals (like myself) create websites to help people learn about the craft of pen turning. These people can be very valuable and accessible if you have questions.
There’s tons of stuff on the internet, but I put a lot of stock into books. Normally, more research and time went into creating a book. And most books go through some type of vetting and editing process, so someone saw value in the book and agreed to publish it.
- Turning Pens And Pencils by Kip Christensen and Rex Burningham
- Pen Turner’s Workbookby Barry Gross.
- The Pen Turner’s Bible by Richard Klienhenz
- Pens from the Wood Lathe by Dick Sing
Perhaps you want more hands-on training. You probably have a woodworking store not that far away that offers affordable classes on pen turning. Here you get firsthand help and advice.
- Anderson Ranch Arts Center
- Marc Adams School of Woodworking
- John C Campbell Folk School
Magazines (paper and online)
These contain some of the latest tips and trends on pen turning. Articles are normally written by experienced woodworkers.
One of my favorite turning magazines was Woodturning Designs, but I think they no longer publish. However, you might be able to purchase back orders.
DVD and Online Videos
Some of these you can purchase and many are available online for free. YouTube channels abound with woodworking videos. I enjoy videos. Probably because I’m a visual learner. And unlike going to a class, you can rewind a video and watch it over and over again.
- Penn State Pens
- Craft Supplies USA
- Pen Turning with Barry Gross
- Turning Pens with Kip & Rex Vol. 1
- Cap’n Eddie Castelin
- Exotic Blanks
Shows and Conferences
Can you say road trip! Some of you would probably enjoy traveling and meeting passionate pen turners from around the country.
- Mid-Atlantic Penturners Gathering
- Mid-West Penturner’s Gathering
- Florida/Georgia Penturners Gathering
- Pen Turner’s Rendezvous (Utah)
- AAW Symposiums
Clubs and Associations
Maybe you like to learn in a more social fashion. And you like the fellowship and camraderie of other woodworkers. These associations normally have hundreds of chapters across the U.S.
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