(Smacking my forehead) I should have thought of that before I bought one this week.
When we were in Hawaii, I used to turn pens out of…wait for it…koa. It makes the most beautiful pens and turning pens is almost a zen experience. Just you and the lathe. A lot like riding a motorcycle.
Is that tricky to do on a medium sized lathe? I mostly do small bowls so far…
Not really, as long as you can bring the tail stock close enuf to hold the mandrel, abou 10-12”.
Welcome to the community!! Great first post! Thank you for sharing.
Great idea to make your own calipers for your bowls. I’ve never tried turning, but, love the look of the bowls and pens I’ve seen.
This is perfect for the wood worker in my life.
I’m working on a more refined design… so far I’m not thrilled with the handle designs I’ve come up with, but I’ll post something when I’m happier.