I came across a very good pen turning video tutorial today on the sawmillcreek.org Turner’s forum. In the post Alan Zenreich discusses a pen he made out of purple TruStone. The kit looks to me to be a variety of the “Gentlemen’s” style rollerball pen and the video he made showing the steps to make it is very detailed.
Pen Turning Video Tutorial
I’ve made several TruStone pens before, but this was the first time working with this purple version. It’s pretty brittle, so it was slow going, with very light cuts with sharp carbide tools. It was a commission from my bride’s co-worker, so it’s nice to have it completed. I documented photos of the step-by-step making of this pen, hopefully I’ll…
Having made a couple of similar pens out of TruStone I would agree with Alan that you need sharp tools and to go slow as the material can easily chip or break while turning. However the results of that careful turning can be stunning, as his purple TrueStone pen can confirm.
If you are thinking about make a pen like Alan’s his pen turning video tutorial is an excellent place to start. For more pen turning information and supplies visit Rockler’s pen turning section, they have a great variety to choose from.