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Last Few Days for Pen Making Contest!

The entries for the Pen Making Contest are still coming in, and looking good!

Only a few days remain to enter our first Pen Contest!
Pen Contest Entry Info
There is still time to get your friends to vote for your pen in the “Most Popular” category by posting it to all your favorite social media channels.  If you have a lot of family & friends, the more votes you get the better your chances are to win the “Most Popular” prize!
Choosing the prize winners for the Beginner and Advanced categories will be a difficult decision for our judges, but they will do their best. The entries so far are terrific!

Good Luck and Happy Turning!

– Barry

New Pen Blanks by Jason Burr

Lonely Starfish

Jason is our latest Artist to join the Guest Artist team at Arizona Silhouette.  His unique style of using seahorses, starfish, butterfly wings and flowers that are carefully placed on air brushed pen tubes make these objects come to life again!  See for yourself at the link below!

New Pen Kits Arrived!

Sleek New, Geta Pen

Just Arrived, two new pen kits!  The Geta is a sleek contemporary pen kit that comes in four (4) finishes.  The second pen kit is the American Liberty based from our great symbol of Freedom the Statue of Liberty.  These pens are a single barrel pen kit that are easy to make! Happy Turning- Barry

PS – Stay tuned, an exciting closed end pen kit coming soon!

American Liberty

Cap American Liberty

Arrowmont & Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Arrowmont Pens

Thank you Mark Gisi for showing the class last week at Arrowmont  School of Arts & Crafts how to make your  famous style of segmenting.  The pool cue and Triton ball point pens as well as many other fine writing instruments were made during the week long class.  I look forward to next month, July 16-20 to create these pens as well as many others at my next class at Marc Adams School of Woodworking.  Learn to make these at MASW in July (a few openings still left!)  Happy Turning – Barry

Surprise Weekend Sale!

10% off store wide sale! 

Since Barry is away teaching at Arrowmont, Michael & I are going to have a weekend surprise sale.  Barry will be surprised to find out we did this but we don’t care! So shop early and save for Father’s day!  Sale ends Sunday evening 12:00 PM DST.

Use coupon code WS-18 in the coupon section upon checkout!

Please Note: Items in the Bangle Bracelet, Lathe, Alumilite & Stabilization product categories are not included in this discount.

Happy Turning – Lenora & Michael

Thuya Burl Back In Stock!

Thuya Burl

 Thuya Burl is back in stock!  Just arrived from Morocco is this great burl with plenty of eyes! Thuya burl’s color varies from a rich, lustrous golden brown to nearly black. Usually the eyes within the burl are perfectly round and are scattered throughout the burl. When turning Thuya Burl, it emits a sweet fragrance that fills my shop each time it is turned.

Enjoy these blanks while they last. Happy Turning – Barry

Midwest Pen Gathering-Arrowmont Update

I want to personally thank the staff of the Midwest Pen Gathering for a great 3 days.  The different talented speakers inspired all that attended. I have been making pens for over 25 years and I still am amazed at the creativity and talent so many pen makers have! Looking forward to next year where ever it will be held.


Now, I am gearing up for a week long, sold out pen making class at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts the first week of June.  Mark Gisi & Dan Symonds will be joining me for a week long intensive class on pen making – looking forward to seeing all those who signed up.

Happy Turning – Barry

Be Prepared For Craft Shows!

Packed Car

Outdoor Booth Setup

The price of craft shows are going up, so in order to get your money’s worth you must think ahead and be prepared. I attended an upscale craft show in the New York City area and paid over $1,300 for the booth and hotel accommodations.  As you can see from the picture my car was packed to the roof to everything I thought I could use.  You would think after all these years of doing shows, I would be prepared at all times, NOT!!!  Like I always do, I checked the weather report and it was supposed to be sunny and in the 80’s all weekend.  A weather person’s job is the ONLY job that if they blow a forecast they still get to keep their job!

The first day of setup was in the 80’s and hot.  The next morning I woke up and it was raining and in the 60’s.  Of course I only packed shorts and short sleeve shirts, glad my neighbor took pity on me and loaned me his jacket for the day or I would still be shivering.  Lesson learned, pack a variety of clothes to make yourself comfortable so you can focus on your customers and not your frozen body!  The show turned out just okay, the weather played a factor in attendance but it could have been much worse if not for my nice neighbor loaning me his jacket!