Pen Making: Creating a Fine Writing Instrument with Barry Gross July 11 - 15, 2022

about this workshop

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 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. In addition, creating “hybrid” pen blanks using burls and Alumilite will be demonstrated. Ever wonder how to make a “Kitless” pen – Barry will show you how to do that as well! Students will learn “Gisi” style segmenting as well as other segmenting techniques. Laser-cut pens, no problem! Stabilizing pen blanks and other small pieces of wood will be demonstrated.

Several different finishing techniques will be demonstrated and practiced throughout the course including a very easy CA glue finish. By the end of the week, each student will have made a minimum of 10 different pens with emphasis on quality of fit and finish. After finishing the pen masterpieces, Barry will discuss the best way to market your one-of-a-kind works of art!

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$200 material fee payable to Barry

Key Points:
*Achieve a perfect fit and finish on pens
*Stabilize your own wood
*Work with stabilized and non-stabilized material
*Learn how to cast your own clear acrylic pen blanks and “hybrid” pen blanks
*Learn the best way to work with acrylics and other materials
*Gain a working knowledge of segmented pens
*Change and adjust a fountain pen nib for proper alignment

Workshop Days: Monday to Friday
Instruction Time: 8:00am – 6:00pm (EST)
Note: During the work week, the shop remains open after 6:00 p.m. for handwork, design, research, catch-up work and socializing.



Pen Making: Creating a Fine Writing Instrument with Barry Gross July 11 - 15, 2022


Availability: Open

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