Experience, make and take the pen of your choice: 1-2-1 workshop



Are you ready to learn the art of pen turning? Look no further! Our 4-hour, one-to-one training course is the perfect opportunity for you to discover the joys of this rewarding hobby. Come and spend a day with me in my workshop near Oakham in Rutland and I will guide you through the process. We will begin the day with a short safety talk and then the fun begins! Under the guidance of our skilled instructor, you'll learn the ins and outs of pen turning, from start to finish. You'll get hands-on experience as you craft your very own pen, choosing from a wide selection of materials and styles. Whether you're a beginner looking to try your hand at a new craft or an experienced woodworker seeking to add a new skill to your repertoire, this course has something to offer. Our instructor will work with you at your own pace, ensuring that you have a thorough understanding of the techniques and tools used in pen turning. At the end of the course, you'll have a beautiful, handmade pen that you can keep as a memento of your experience. You'll also have the knowledge and confidence to continue exploring the world of pen turning on your own. All equipment and refreshments will be provided, and slots are available for either morning or afternoon, to suite you. Please contact me for available mid-week dates if required. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to learn a new skill and create something special. Sign up for our pen turning course today!

What's included in the price?

All PPE Use of tools and equipment A selection of pens for you to choose to make for yourself including Ballpoint, Rollerball, Fountain & Pencils. A selection of exotic woods and acrylics. Refreshments etc.


4 hours

Cancellation policy

Easy - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts


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Duncs Wood Turning

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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Hearing impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Father's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Fairs, festivals & exhibitions
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Mother's Day
  • Christmas
  • Easter
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Definition of Pen Turning:
What is the definition of pen turning?
Pen turning is the craft of using a lathe to create writing instruments, such as pens and pencils, out of various materials, such as wood, acrylic, and metal. The craft involves carefully shaping the material to create a desired shape, such as a traditional pen shape, and then attaching hardware, such as the clip, nib, and cap, to the turned piece.

Types of Pen Turning
What types of Pen turning exist?
There are many types of pen turning, from traditional wood turning to more modern techniques such as acrylic and metal turning. Wood turning is the most common type of pen turning, and involves using a lathe to shape pieces of wood into a desired shape. Acrylic and metal pen turning are more modern techniques and involve using a lathe to shape pieces of acrylic or metal into a desired shape.

A. Safety Equipment
B. Safety Tips

Tools and Materials
A. Pen Kits
B. Required Tools
C. Wood Blanks

Lathe Basics
A. Parts of the Lathe
B. Mounting the Wood Blank
C. Turning the Wood Blank

A. Sanding
B. Finishes
C. Assembly

A. Recap of Course Content
B. Questions and Answers

History and development of Pen Turning
What is the history of pen turning?
The craft of pen turning has been around since the 19th century, when the first lathes were created and used to craft ornate writing instruments. During the mid-20th century, pen turning experienced a resurgence when the Bic pen was created and pen turning became a popular hobby among hobbyists. In recent years, pen turning has become a popular craft among woodworkers and makers, with many turning clubs and pen turners clubs popping up all over the world.


10 Walnut Close, Stretton, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 7QQ

Booking options

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Morning Course
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Afternoon Course
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