2020 Midwest Penturners Gathering
April 24 and 25, 2020 - Chicago / Schaumburg Illinois

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April 10, 2020

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April 20, 2020

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Demonstrations (Subject To Change)

Kitless On A Metal Lathe
Lewis Schrader

Hello, I’m Lewis Schrader. This presentation will give you the basics on how to use a metal lathe to make a “kitless” pen. I started making kit pens about 5 years ago and fell in love. A couple years later I decided to scratch my kitless pen itch and bought my first metal lathe. I am not a machinist or an expert. I may do things differently than other makers, and my techniques are not the only way to do this. I would also like to add that you can do kitless pens on a wood lathe. I often do final shaping on the wood lathe because it’s comfortable for me to round off and profile on the wood lathe.

Using a 3D Printer In Pen Making
Dean Charlier

Materials (PLA, etc) for 3d printing
Design options (software, etc)
Printers (very limited, but will describe types, etc)
What 3d printing can be GREAT at
What 3d printing can't do
Pen Blanks / other 3d printed items for the pen turner

UV Resin / Craft Show Setup
Steve Margison

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All Abount Casting
John Underhill

If you’ve ever wanted to make a cool color swirled blanks, have a custom logo or photograph pen, or maybe a hybrid wood, pinecone or something new mixed with resin, then this is for you. No two casters do everything the same. Even with using the same material, results can vary based on how you do what you do from mixing, pouring, to cutting. My goal is to give you the understanding to try and the inspiration to find what works for you.

This is designed for everyone from beginner to experienced, this is everything you need to know about casting to get you creating your own one of kind blanks.

Topics Covered:

Setting up your own casting area – practical and safety
Understanding resin types and selecting the best for your project
Selecting the best mold for the job – vertical vs block – commercial vs recycled
Essential tools and utensils needed
Usable materials - where to find them- preparation prior to pouring
Resin handling – storing, mixing, and pouring
What works for me, my supplies, resources, and inspirations

Sales And Marketing
Ed Brown

Many penturners “retire” after about 2 years. Why? They have already given pens to all their family, friends and passers-by!! Not much point in making them, if there is no where to go with the finished products!!

Ed sold pens at Art&Craft shows from 1995 to 2010. Thousands of pens! Now, he is sharing some of his methods in person-to-person selling. How to get people into your booth, how to start a conversation that will lead into discussing pens. Pricing strategy for pens, focusing on “gift” market.

In addition, the presentation will talk about selling on the internet on your own website or Etsy or any other “store framework”. We cover, briefly, staging your products and taking pictures, as well as creating persuasive text. So, if you want to get beyond, “Wanna buy a pen?”, spend an hour or so with Ed. Bring your questions!!

Turning Using Carbide Tools
Chris Caliendo

Easy Wood Tools will be demonstrating the quality and versatility of their turning tools to handle wood, hybrid and man-made materials, from pens to bowls with the same great tools. They will answer questions and show how Easy Wood Tools makes turning fun, effective and well, easy.

Polymer Clay Blanks
Tina Wissen

Our polymer clay pen blanks are handcrafted to meet or slightly exceed kit bushings so you can fine sand and buff for the smoothest finish. The proper length brass tube is baked into the pen blank, so no tubing is required. Just sand and finish to your preferences. Tube ends have already been rough cut, but to obtain proper fit, you can sand, mill, or cut ends with sharp tools before pen assembly. Sanding is best completed with wet / dry sandpaper and used with water.

Custom Pen Patterns on a Rose Engine
Scott Barrett

This session will demonstrate the technique of decorating a pen barrel on a Lindow Rose Engine. We will discuss blank preparation, machine setup, and pattern choices. In the allotted time I will take the audience through the entire machining process. A brief introduction to machining all metal blanks will also be addressed.

This demonstration is not intended to suggest every pen maker needs a rose engine, but rather serves as a view into the possibilities that the rose engine has to offer in the area of pen making.

Color Casting
Fred Wissen

Ed Brown

Everything you want to know about stabilization.

Blanks Preparation
Stabilization Juice
Vacuum Chambers
Everything You Want To Know

From Beginner To Professional In 90 Minutes
Mark Dreyer

All skill levels are welcome – Everyone starts with making a traditional wooden pen. But it does not need to end there. The key to the process is challenging yourself to do something new and branch out. We will take wood to a new level.

Part 1:
Topics include the entire process from blank selection or creation, drilling, gluing, turning, finishing, and assembly. We will look at numerous finishing techniques and the challenges of each – from simple buffing to CA and many in between. Working with all the basic tools and jigs used in the process.

Part 2:
Now taking the wood pen to the next steps – coloring, bleaching and segmenting wood. We will discuss the different techniques to make your work standout above the rest.

Part 3:
Turning alternative materials. Acrylic Blanks, Acrylester Blanks, Deer Antler, Coffee Beans, Mother Of Pearl, Aluminum, Polymer Clay, Snake Skins, Half Wood / Half Plastic.

There are numerous steps to creating the perfect pen. Your tools and techniques are just as important as that perfect kit or piece of wood .

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