Turning a Traditional Dip Pen with Christopher Yoke June 11-12, 2022

Step back in time and create the writing pens used over 100 years ago. In this course students will learn to turn a traditional pen holder to use for writing and calligraphy from Chris Yoke of Yoke Pen Company. Previous lathe experience is helpful, but not at all required. The pen holder was invented in the mid 1800’s to hold a steel nib, which replaced the feather quill for writing purposes. It is still in use today by calligraphers for items such as invitations, certificates, art and advertising. Chris will demonstrate how to make pen holders in both straight and oblique configurations and receive very basic instruction on how to use them for writing. Students will learn new techniques on the lathe to produce pen holders, extremely small diameter objects and extremely detailed wood turnings. Chris will explain the mechanics of creating a straight & oblique pen holder with proper geometry and balance.

Students will also learn how to achieve a gorgeous high gloss CA finish as well as other traditional finishes. By the end of the course everyone will have created a few pen holders to take home and use for future calligraphy and engrossing projects. This would also be a great course for those who intend to take the calligraphy course with Harvest Crittenden which is August 8-12.


Saturday - Sunday Jun 11 - 12, 2022
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