Patrick Crumpton

I’ve been turning since 2012. I started with pens and have remained a fairly loyal and consistent pen turner.  I’ve explored different styles, materials and finishes on traditional pens using kits from various manufacturers. These kit pens require the use of components, essentially making me a pen assembler, rather than a pen maker. In order to grow and evolve as a pen turner, I’ve began to explore new methods in pen design and creation. I developed an interest in kitless pens because every pen I create is unique. Essentially, it is a one-of-a-kind piece of art. This fulfills my desire to expand my skills and techniques. It also lends to my interest in precision parts creation and machining principals in general.

Pens: Part 1 – Theory, materials, tools, general discussion

Discussion regarding the tools, techniques and methods for creating kitless pens. Sources for material, tools, etc will also be discussed. Discussions will also include the creation of mandrel needed for use during turning. If there is time, one of the parts of the pen will be created. 

Pens: Part 2 – Turning a Kitless Pen

Most of the time will be spent turning and creating the remaining parts of the pen. This will be more of a traditional demonstration and will involve detailed sizing, drilling and gentle turning techniques in order to create a kitless pen.