Starting into penturning
Are you interested in making pens? We often get asked what it takes to start into the pen making hobby. Here are a few great resources that will answer many of your questions and get you on your way to making your first pen:
Penturning 101 info sheet - pen-making basics you need to know to get started
Our recommendations for tools - what's needed and what's nice to have
Below we offer a starter kit in the easy-to-make Slimline style. Each starter kit has everything you need to get started - five pen kits, five blanks, adjustable Morse Taper 1 or Morse Taper 2 mandrel, bushings, drill, premium pen mill pilot shaft and cutter head, glue baseplate wax and Shellawax.
Buying a lathe: we strongly recommend that you consider buying a Morse Taper 2 lathe that is variable speed. Most lathe tools and accessories are made for MT2 lathes and variable speed will keep you from having to change belts manually.
Common brands of lathes with Morse Taper 2:
King, Model KWL-1218VS, widely available , approx. price $699.99 CAD
Craftex, Model CX813, available at Busy Bee, approx. price $579 CAD
Common brands of lathes with Morse Taper 1:
Craftex, Model CX815, available at Busy Bee, approx price $299 CAD
King, Model KWL-813VS, widely available, approx. price $315 CAD
NOTE: information current as of May 2023. Prices are approximate and lathes listed here are for information only and is not considered an endorsement.
Beginner MT1 Pen Starter Kit Plus including free shipping in Canada
Beginner MT1 Starter Kit Plus including free shipping in Canada