Maker Profiles

Maker Profiles!     We love hearing the story of other makers and hope you do to.  Here we will feature makers and get some fun questions answered.   Feel free to submit questions for future profiles or tell us who you would want to hear about.
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Maker:  Sue Fox

Where are you from? 
Satellite Beach Florida

What is your full time job? 
Retired – enjoying the free time

What got you started Turning/Pen making?
Always wanted to work with wood, saw an ad for turning and I was hooked.

How long have you been Turning? 
About 4 years

What was your first pen,  kit/blank? 
It was a slimline in maple

What is your favorite pen that you have made?
I absolutely love the lines and feel of the Ares.

What is the last pen you made? 
Ares

What else do you like to make besides pens?
Flashlights, key-chains, stylus, small containers


Do you sell your pens?  If so how?
I have a website: www.penturner.net, and I also do juried craft shows

What is your favorite kit?
Again – has to be the Ares

What is your favorite blank material to use? 
Really do not have a favorite – I probably prefer wood to acrylic just because of the feel.

What kind of lathe do you use? 
I have  Delta 460

Is there a technique or tool you want to learn?
I would like to learn pressure casting – but still not ready to spend the money!

What was your biggest turning Fail?
I thought I had a blank for a small bowl locked into the chuck – I was wrong – went flying and broke a window – better that then my head I suppose!

Favorite Turning tool? 
Easy wood tools

Do you use a dust collection system?  If show which? 
Shop vac with hood

TBC or Mandrel? 
Mandrel

Whats your sanding/finishing Method?
I’ve gotten into the CA finish for the most part, but still use wax on some of the woods

Do you cast blanks?
Occasionally

PR,  Alumilite, or Epoxy? 
PR

Whats one thing you would tell a new turner? 
Take your time, don’t get frustrated and especially, don’t give up! – Work safe

Who's work do you follow?  
Other 
makersMost of the other turners – no one in particular



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Maker: Robert Franklin

Where are you from?
Albuquerque N.M.


What is your full time job?
Small Business owner ( Paradise Lawn Care -we are Full Service Lawn Care Company ) and on the side we make and sell 1000s of hybrid blanks every year 


What got you started Turning/Pen making? 
I started turning as another avenue in my woodworking to explore and before long got into casting and stabilizing to make box blanks for all the lidded boxes I was turning. I had found that I really liked turning stabilized material or alumilite because once the lid was made to fit, it would remain that fit and not expand or contract with moisture gain/ loss from the air causing the lid to not come off or be loose. After making lots of boxes and posting them occasionally on some of my turning pages -I started getting approached by others to make blanks for them as well . At that time, stabilized hybrid blanks were not that easy to find, and bigger ones were even harder to find and if you found them they were super expensive. Anyhow -it wasn't long before the pen guys started approaching us to make blanks for them as well , and at that point I knew it was time to start turning pens if I was going to look at offerning blanks to them as i needed to know more about the product they were after. So I started turning pens.


How long have you been Turning?
I have been a woodworker my whole life and I turned a little in High School and then in 2009 picked it back up again, once I started again all my woodworking incorporated turned items in them as I fell in love with turning again. I pretty much taught myself how to turn again by watching youtube and reading and  I joined two turning clubs that both meet monthly. 


What was your first pen,  kit/blank?
My first pen from maple and was a slim line kit 


What is your favorite pen that you have made?
My favorite pen that I have made is a Jr Gent made with one of our hybrids that was cast with wormy Maple burl 


What is the last pen you made? 
Vertex click 


What else do you like to make besides pens? 
I turn about everything I see that inspires me, or I at least attempt to ,lol 


Do you sell your pens?  If so how?
Yes - Etsy in the past, Facebook, Family, and word of mouth , and looking into the future for crafts shows .


What is your favorite kit?
Jr Gent 


What is your favorite blank material to use?
Hybrid Blanks or Burl with contrasting colors 


What kind of lathe do you use?
Laguna Revo 1836


Is there a technique or tool you want to learn?
Many. 


What was your biggest turning Fail?
a 14" flat hollow form that I spent 3 days on and had all finished with a decorative carving on and then went to finish the bottom and realized it was too thin to finish my shape, and the piece.


Favorite Turning tool? 
My lathe and my Thompson skew 


Do you use a dust collection system? 
If so which? Yes - harbor Freight 2 HP, 


TBC or Mandrel?
Yes -I have both and use both 


What's your sanding/finishing Method?
For pens BLO / Mercury CA 


Do you cast blanks?
1000s 


PR,  Alumilite, or Epoxy?
--- 98% alumilite --if clear then epoxy 


What's one thing you would tell a new turner?
Welcome to the addiction! Don't be afraid to ask questions.


Whose work do you follow?  
Other makers.--- I Follow many , literally 100s --some favorites are Carl Jacobson , Zac Higgins , Curtis Seebeck , Terry Dunn , The wyomingwoodturner , Steve Jones , Rob Wallace , Ron Campbell , Rebecca Degroot , Cindy Drozda , John David Jones , Tom Wirsing and many many others 

Any website, Facebook, or Instagram pages you want to share?
We also Have a Youtube page and hopefully soon will be adding more video,s  ---link - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClS12aXTdPEGa94bj1c3apw 

 


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Maker: Kyle Hobbs
Where are you from?
Western Kentucky


What is your full time job?
Atv and Dirt bike parts sales.


What got you started Turning/Pen making?
I seen some pens at local craft shows and was always interested in them.


How long have you been Turning?
4-5 years


What was your first pen,  kit/blank?
Slimline. Rosewood 


What is your favorite pen that you have made?
I've made a lot of favorites... but if it had to be one it would have been the lignum vitae burl pen that I won the IAP pretty wood contest with.


What is the last pen you made?
A juma bolt tec


What else do you like to make besides pens?
My main hobby is spending time at the race track being crew chief for my 10 year old son who races Jr Dragsters


Do you sell your pens? 
Yes.  Majority of my sales are online


What is your favorite kit?
Jr George antique silver.  Or any other antique finish pen


What is your favorite blank material to use?
I'm a huge hybrid fan.  But anything that catches my eye I'll turn


What kind of lathe do you use?
Nova comet II


Is there a technique or tool you want to learn?
I really want to turn some bowls but just haven't made time to.


What was your biggest turning Fail?
That's a long list.   If you're not failing you aren't trying...


Favorite Turning tool?
My go to tool is my easy wood tools carbide finisher 


Do you use a dust collection system?  If so which? 
I use the harbor freight 2hp model


TBC or Mandrel?
Mandrel, I check my mandrel before turning a pen with a dial indicator.  I've also been know to do TBC but just always go back to a mandrel.


Whats your sanding/finishing Method?
Resin blanks get Wet sanded to 12000 then finished on a Beall buffing wheel.  Hybrids or Woods are sanded with walnut oil till 600 then cleaned with DNA.  Then use mercury ca then wet sand to 12000 then buff.


Do you cast blanks?
I play with some when I have free time


PR,  Alumilite, or Epoxy?
All of the above.


Whats one thing you would tell a new turner?
Don't get frustrated.  You will mess up kits/blanks.  Just always try to learn from your mistakes and make yourself better.  Also never get in a rush!!


Who's work do you follow?  
Other makers. Troy @miniwoodproductions, Steve Kondo the segmented king... Brian Blohm he is crazy with pr.  Jon David Jones he makes some of the nicest high end pens!  Also @bayareawoodandacrylics on ig for his awesome hybrids. 

 Look for me on Instagram @kyleskustompens


  
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Maker:Steve Kondo
Where are you from?
Born in Miami, Florida 

What is your full time job?
Manufactures Representative in Auto body industry. 

What got you started Turning/Pen making?
My wife suggested I look into turning. I Took a class at Woodcraft and did not like it. 
Then she suggested a class on pen turning. After that I was hooked. Went out and made my investments in the tools needed 

How long have you been Turning?
Started turning pens in 2014

What was your first pen,  kit/blank?
Slimline (ugh) curly maple blank 

What is your favorite pen that you have made?
Probably the Mother of Pearl White Abalone on Jr Aaron Black Ti. 

What is the last pen you made?
Trying out the new Oscar dressed with Emerald Green Abalone 

What else do you like to make besides pens?
Gisi style segmented blanks 

Do you sell your pens?  If so how?
Yes on Facebook page,  Etsy and wife's store. 


What is your favorite kit?
I have two Jr George Black Ti and Jr Aaron Black Ti. 

What is your favorite blank material to use?
Personally I like two Gisi Style blanks and Abalone by Jon David Jones. 

What kind of lathe do you use?
Started out with PSI TurnMaster then graduated to a my current lathe Jet
12-21VS. 

Is there a technique or tool you want to learn?
To use the skew I have collecting dust. 

What was your biggest turning Fail?
I Was doing a Jerry Bailey segmented Gisi blank and the end blew. First time I felt like crying. 

Favorite Turning tool?
Magic Skew 

Do you use a dust collection system?  If show which?
Yes newly acquired HF 2hp Dust Collector System. Still have to do wiring and plumbing. 

TBC or Mandrel?
TBC (80%) mandrel the rest. 

Whats your sanding/finishing Method?
I was deathly afraid of CA because I couldn't get a good finish then Matt Sprunger taught me how to do a great CA finish. 
Still use his method to this day. 
Mercury Adhesives has helped make that finish even better. 

Do you cast blanks?
Not yet but toying with the idea. 

PR,  Alumilite, or Epoxy?
When I take the plunge will do PR, Alumilite and Epoxy. 

Whats one thing you would tell a new turner?
The one thing that I learned is patience. If you don't have patience find it. If you can't find it try another hobby. That is for turning and blank making. 

Who's work do you follow?   Other makers. 
Jon David Jones, Chad Schimmel, Dale Pankala, Patterson Grant, Les Elm. 

Steve's Shop Photos





Thank you Steve!   TW
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Maker: Scott Lincoln

Where are you from?
Clinton, WA (on beautiful Whidbey Island)

What is your full time job?
Retired (formerly IT)

What got you started Turning/Pen making?
My wife said I needed a hobby to help me stay sane.  General consensus is that it was too late.

How long have you been Turning?
20+ years

What was your first pen,  kit/blank?
It’s been too long for my memory.

What is your favorite pen that you have made?
POW/MIA

What is the last pen you made?
Jr. George fountain pen out of a nice Madrone blank.

What else do you like to make besides pens?
Mostly a mess but sometimes a seam ripper will fall off the lathe.

Do you sell your pens?  If so how?
We market through Facebook and have a Shopify web site.

What is your favorite kit?
Probably the Jr. George antique silver.

What is your favorite blank material to use?
WOOD.

What kind of lathe do you use?
My primary wood lathe is a Jet 1221vs with a dedicated Jet 1015vs for buffing and another Jet 1015vs for sanding / cleaning / overflow finishing and backup turning.  Another metal lathe is on the way.

Is there a technique or tool you want to learn?
I’m pretty comfortable with the processes we use.

What was your biggest turning Fail?
Mounting a very nice bowl blank on my big lathe and forgetting to turn the speed down before hitting the go switch.  It bounced off the plywood wall behind my lathe, whizzed past my ear hitting the ceiling and far wall.

Favorite Turning tool?
½” round bottom skew.

Do you use a dust collection system?  If show which?
Yes, Grizzly cyclone collector.

TBC or Mandrel?
TBC without the bushings.

Whats your sanding/finishing Method?
I seldom sand blanks before finishing.  CA and accelerator and Micro Mesh followed up by a good buffing.

Do you cast blanks?
No

PR,  Alumilite, or Epoxy?
See above.

Whats one thing you would tell a new turner?
Run, save yourself while you can.  Or, there is usually more than one way to perform an operation, find one that works for you and ignore the rest of the “experts”.

Who's work do you follow?   Other makers.  
Patterson Grant, Jon David Jones, Kenneth Wines, Robert Kulp, William Menard and many more.


Picture of your favorite pen or something cool you have made?

Scott's Man Cave

Any website, Facebook, or Instagram pages you want to share?https://facebook.com/finewoodpens or https://finewoodpens.com

Thank you Scott,    TW ________________________________________________________