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Wall Street II Pen Kit
Wall Street II Pen Kit at Woodcraft.com

The sleek, smooth and refined lines of this pen, and the distinct feel in your hand, are sure to make it winner. Utilizing the same single tube construction as the original Wall Street Pen, this new generation features the easiest assembly of any pen kit we offer.



  • Nib/nib holder, center ring and the top finial/clip are both pre-assembled
  • Simply turn the body, press in the top finial/clip assembly, screw the ink refill mechanism on the nib assembly, push the two halves together and the pen is finished
  • Available in either standard 24K gold or long wearing Woodcraft 24K gold/titanium finish
  • Requires a pen mandrel, 5/8″ x 5/8″ x 3-1/8″ blank, 27/64″ drill bit and bushing set


Artist’s Pencil Kit

Woodworker's/Artist's Pencil Kit at Woodcraft.com


This unique pencil kit is equally at home in the shop or an artist’s sketch kit. The single tube kit is extremely easy to turn and produces an attractive, different, and very functional pencil. The extra thick (5.66mm, about 7/32″ D x 3-1/8″L) HB round lead resists breaking and is held firmly in place by a four jaw collet at the bottom of the pencil mechanism. Just push on the spring loaded top of the pencil and the collet opens so you can advance or retract the lead to the desired length.


  • The top, when unscrewed from the pencil, features an internal sharpener to renew the point.
  • When combined with the 4B soft lead, any artist would love to add this pencil to their sketch kit.
  • Requires a 5/8″ x 5/8″ x 3-1/2″ blank, pen mandrel, 15/32″ bit and artist’s pencil bushings that are listed below and on left under You Might Also Like.
  • Standard gold finish.


European Style Pen Kit

European Style Pen Kit at Woodcraft.com


Overcome the difficulties of making a traditional European style pen by using the same single twist mechanism and 7mm boring process as our regular pen kits.        



  • Standard or Woodcraft Gold finish has a gold plated or black button cap
  • Each satin finish has a matching cap that eliminates the difficulties involved in turning a wooden “button” cap
  • Uses 3/4″ x 3/4″ x 5″ blank and requires a 7mm brad point drill bit, mandrel and European style pen bushing


Click Ballpoint Pen and Pencil Kit

Click Ball Point Pen and Pencil at Woodcraft.com

The time tested push-button ballpoint pen is probably in more pockets than any other style pen. Now you can turn your own beautiful wooden ballpoint pens and matching pencils to replace those ugly plastic ones. Easily turned with straight sides, or can be profiled to create custom looks. Standard Gold finish. Both kits require a 5/8″ x 5/8″ x 4″ blank, Letter “O” pen maker’s bit, mandrel, and Click Pen Bushings.



Classic American Style Screw Cap Fountain and Rollerball Pens

Classic American Style Screw Cap Fountain and Rollerball Pens at Woodcraft.

At last, classic American style pens with a cap that screws on and off! No more fussing with the delicate adjustments necessary for the perfect fit on “snap” style fountain and rollerball pen kits. These kits use threaded, press fit components, so your cap “screws on” to protect the pen mechanism when not in use. With the exception of the screw cap, these pens are identical to our regular classic American style pens. Now these classically styled pens can be made even more eye-catching with the addition of spider web filigrees.


  • Naturally beautiful spider web pattern compliments the lines of the classic American style screw cap pens and makes them even more distinctive
  • Requires a 5/8″ x 5/8″ x 5″ blank, pen mandrel, 3/8″ pen maker’s or brad point bit and American Fountain/Rollerball bushings


Assortment of Western Big Leaf Maple Burl, Spalted and Curly Maple

Assortment of Western Big Leaf Maple Burl, Spalted and Curly Maple


Pen Blanks are available at Vedder Mountain Hardwoods for as little as $19.99 for a set of 20 assorted Maple Burl, Curly Maple and Spalted Maple.



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Turning pens is growing in popularity because it’s fun, easy and can be done on any size lathe. It’s also a great way to produce handcrafted unique gifts for your friends and family or even for merchandise to sell. Handcrafted pens typically sell for $25.00 and up.

If you’re thinking about turning some pens, you’ll find everything you need to get started right here…

This is an awesome kit to get you started… When Mike and I started turning pens, we had to purchase everything separately and it was a bit of a pain because we had to go to 3 different stores to get everything we needed to start out and it cost us twice as much. I wish we had come across something like this.


Starter Pen Turning Kit
This kit contains all the essential tooling you need to start turning custom pens. Includes 3 pen blanks (Bloodwood, Bubinga and Olivewood), 3 gold-plated hardware kits with twist mechanisms, 7mm mandrel with knurled nut, #2 Morse Taper, (4) 7mm bushings, a 7mm Brad Point Drill Bit, a 2 oz. bottle of CA Glue, a Pen Mill for truing up all mating surfaces and a storage case with 28 adjustable compartments.                       

Starter Pen Turning Kit

Starter Pen Turning Kit

If you already have a lathe, make sure and check the Morse Taper on your head stock before purchasing any pen turning kits that include a mandrel. If you’re not sure what the MT is for your lathe, send us a comment, we’ll do our best to help you figure it out.

Excelsior Mini Lathe
With solid cast-iron construction, a robust 1/2 hp motor and a precision- machined live center, this little workhorse rivals features found in much larger lathes. It can turn bowls of almost 10″ in diameter, and spindles up to 17-3/4″ in length, making it perfect for chair legs, small table legs and an endless array of decorative turnings. A convenient door provides easy access to the belt, along with 5 different speeds: 760, 1100, 1600, 2200 and 3200 RPM. Cast-iron body provides mass for minimal vibration, stable turning and maximum durability. To increase your spindle capacity to 38-1/2″, just use the optional Mini Lathe Bed Extension (32307).                  

Excelsior Mini Lathe

Excelsior Mini Lathe


Pen blanks available from Vedder Mountain Hardwoods

Assortment of Western Big Leaf Maple Burl, Spalted and Curly Maple
Assortment of Western Big Leaf Maple Burl, Spalted and Curly Maple

Spalted Maple Burl Pen


Spalted Maple Burl Wood Pen Turning


This is my very first pen turning. The wood is Spalted Maple Burl …Big Leaf Maple 🙂 I used a black fancy slim line kit that we bought from woodturningz online. Sanded to 800 grit and finished with Crystal Coat friction polish. I love the contrast of the maple burl and the black kit.

This one is my favorite ….so far 🙂

Pen turning can be a very satisfying hobby, as well as a very rewarding way to earn some extra cash over the holidays. It takes very little time, once you know the basics.  They also make great gifts for anyone on your list… after all, do you know of anyone that doesn’t use a pen? 🙂
pensPens pictured are by Running Dog Woodworking

Haven’t turned a pen yet, but want to give it a try?  Here’s a list of the basic tools and supplies you’ll need for pen turning.

Pen Blanks – highly figured wood, birch burl and maple burl are my favorites, but you can also purchase acrylic ones that are quite nice. Highly figured maple and burl pen blanks are available at Vedder Mountain Hardwoods.  A pack of 20 western big leaf maple assorted figured, spalted and burl blanks sells for around $20 US.
figured maple pen blanks
Drill press and drill bit – the brad point bit or bullet drill bit will work well with most materials. You may want to make a jig to hold your pen blanks in place while drilling… this way you can drill several blanks at one time.  Mike will quite often have 10 blanks drilled and glued, so they’re ready to turn when he has a few spare minutes to play on the lathe. 

Pen Kits – there are several different styles available, but the most common and inexpensive kit is the slimline. A good place to purchase your kits online is at www.woodturningz.com

Bushings – you’ll need bushings to match the pen kit you choose – each kit requires different size bushings.

Mandrel -you’ll also need a mandrel – make sure to get the correct MT for your lathe.

Glue is required to glue in the tubes after you’ve drilled the pen blanks – cyanoacrylate, epoxy and polyurethane glue all work very well.

Wood turning tools – Very few tools are required for turning pens.  Each wood turner has his/her own preference.  For turning straight barrel pens, some turners use 1/2″ skew, while others prefer to remove the bulk of the wood with a small shallow gouge.  

Sand paper/abrasive – we use the foam backed paper for our pen and start with 80 grit and go up to 800 grit.  Other types are the micro mesh abrasives that range from 1800 grit to 12000 grit.

Finishes – we like the Crystal Coat friction polish…it shines to a high gloss and it’s easy to use.  Other finishes that are commonly used are french polish, stick wax, paste wax, plastic polish and Mylands friction polish.

A great reference book for turning pens and pencils is TURNING PENS AND PENCILS by Kip Christensen and Rex Burningham.

I hope you’ll find this post informative and useful.  If you see anything I may have missed or would like to add any other tips, your comments are appreciated.