At 16-years-old, Jake Guy hand crafts beautiful pens, bowls and other gifts on his lathe. Jake has learned from retired craftsmen and on his own with much practice.
Awards: First place in the wood and metal category at the Angelina County Youth Fair in 2014
First place wood category Angelina County Youth Fair 2015
First place wood and metal category Angelina County Youth Fair 2016
You can learn more about him here:
What is Woodturning?
Woodturning is taking a block of wood, using a lathe and turning it into something unique.
How is a pen created?
I start out by choosing my style and finish for example a gold plated slimline. I cut my material to the required length of the the kit and then drill into the material using a drill press, every kit comes with a small brass tube, I sand the tube and then glue it into the drilled hole. I mount my blanks onto a lathe and turn it until it is flush with the bushings, bushings are round small metal objects that remind you when to stop trimming. After I turn it flush I then polish it using CA (cyanoacrylate glue) or super glue, I take my finished material and assemble it using a pen press. The process of making a pen is complete and now you have beautiful useful writing instrument.
How long does it take to make a pen?
It all depends on the material. For instance acrylics will take a lot longer than woods but generally 30min-2hours.
How does custom orders work?
First of all choose a material e.g.: antler, next find a particular style that interests you on the site e.g.: bolt action. Then contact me on this site.