Turning Pens

Rex and Kip




Ike (Isaac Curran) is now displaying work in The Coastal Design Gallery in Campbeltown Jane & Grant Logan have a well appointed gallery, Grant designs and makes stunning jewellery . www.coastal-deesign.co.uk I have now created a photo page on "photobucket" its a lot easier for me to upload pictures directly to the albums and that way folk can see what we are making.  You can visit my page click here: IKE CURRAN PICTURES


Craft Fair News


I am very sorry to announce that due to ongoing ill health Isaac cannot organise and run the botanic Gardens Craft fair, all dates are cancelled.  Isaac had a procedure on his spine early in February and has just been discharged from hospital with ongoing heart decease problems (29 February 2016).  Isaac and myself are truly sad that this has had to be cancelled.



















Kip starts this Video off and then Rex takes over with a section on the slim line basic pen, they cover the basics plus a few extra Tips and Tricks and variations on the basic pen.

I have to admit that I struggled to watch these videos all the way through.  I think it was the voices of Kip and Rex, I found them pretty boring to listen to.  I found that they stated the obvious an auful lot of the time, however to be fair to the guys if you are a beginner then its NOT stating the obvious, in which case they for sure cover all the relevant facts and add a lot of information.  They also cover the tools and their uses as well as a few tips on angles of attack for the tools.  The glues that you can use and some of the different woods as well as some peculiar materials and antler




The Second Video covers the European and Americana Rollerball style Pen and using Acrylic as well as more variations on a theme.

A bandsaw Cutting Jig

Drilling Jig


Barrel Trimming Ideas

Repairing wood defects

Wire Burning

Disassembling a Pen

Working with Antler






There are some interesting facts and methods in these videos, there is a book covering the same areas and i have not checked that out, however I think that the price is going to be a lot cheaper at £6 on Amazon, to glean maybe the same information.

In all the Videos are good for what they are, although I think the whole lot could have been contained on the first video as there is a LOT of repetition.