Starting into penturning

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.

If you're not sure whether your lathe has a Morse Taper 1 or Morse Taper 2, this info sheet may help.

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.

Products

Beginner MT1 Pen Starter Kit

Beginner MT1 Starter Kit

SLIM-SK-MT1

CAD $116.86

CAD $89.95 (Save 23%)

Out of stock

Beginner MT2 Pen Starter Kit

Beginner MT2 Starter Kit

SLIM-SK-MT2

CAD $116.86

CAD $89.95 (Save 23%)

Out of stock

Beginner MT1 Pen Starter Kit Plus including free shipping in Canada

Beginner MT1 Starter Kit Plus including free shipping in Canada

BEG-SK-PLUS-MT1

CAD $439.48

CAD $329.95 (Save 25%)

Beginner MT2 Pen Starter Kit Plus including free shipping in Canada

Beginner MT2 Starter Kit Plus including free shipping in Canada

BEG-SK-PLUS-MT2

CAD $449.03

CAD $329.95 (Save 27%)