back from school

I had another shop class today. Woodcraft had an introductory pen turning class. Machines used included: Drill press, band saw, and lathe. I have never used a lathe before, but that was a non-issue as no one else in the class had either. We each took about 20 minutes to practice on the lathe with a piece of scrap wood to get the feel of it. Afterwards, the instructor ran through the procedure and techniques for turning a pen on a mandrel. He had several species of wood available to turn, I decided on purpleheart since I figured Jen would just commandeer the pen when I got home, she might as well like the color.

I do not own a lathe yet, but I have done some research into what I might want. I narrowed it down to one particular model, the Delta Shopmaster LA200 Midi-Lathe. I wanted to make sure I would enjoy running a lathe, and I did. The lathe has been ordered from Timberline Tools this afternoon and should be here in time for next week :)