Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Fine Writing Instruments: Pen Making with Barry Gross

Dates: 6/15 - 6/19

Cost: $750
Materials: $200
Deposit: $300

Masters Fellowship Turning

Even if you have never made a pen before, Barry will make you feel at home in this course! Students from basic to advanced are welcome to learn an assortment of techniques to take their pen making to the next level. Thinking creatively, the key to enhance your pen making abilities, will be discussed throughout the course. Students will work with a variety of materials including, but not limited to, exotic wood, stabilized wood, biologicals and acrylics. Students will learn how to cast their own clear acrylic pen blanks (without a pressure pot!) which will open their mind to a wide range of creative ideas. Segmented pens, closed end pens and laser-cut kits will be made. Many different finishing techniques will be stressed throughout the course including a very easy Super Glue finish. By the end of the week, each student will have made a minimum of eight different pens with emphasis on quality of fit and finish. After finishing the pen masterpieces, Barry will discuss the best way to market one-of-a-kind works of art!

Key Points:

  • Achieve a perfect finish on pens
  • Work with stabilized and non-stabilized material
  • Learn how to cast your own clear acrylic pen blanks
  • Learn the best way to work with acrylics and other materials
  • Gain a working knowledge of segmented pens
  • Adjust a fountain pen nib with proper alignment of tines

There is a $45 annual registration fee that will be added to your the total amount of the class if this is the first class you are registering for this season.

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