Intro to Pen Turning

  • Sunday, October 02, 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • BARN Woodshop, Class Code: WO092522OB
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NOTE: This class was originally scheduled for Sept 25 but has been rescheduled to Oct. 2.

Learn the fundamentals of making beautiful wooden pens as you also learn safe use of a lathe to make small wooden objects using carbide turning tools.

The instructor will discuss the basic concepts of turning, using the modern pen as a model. You will use the drill press to prepare your turning blanks. Then, depending on the experience level of students in the class, the instructor will work out a schedule so that each student gets sufficient lathe time and one-on-one attention to complete a pen.


  • Open to ages 14+. Beginners are welcome.
  • After completing this class, you will be qualified to turn pens during Open Studio time, provided you have also taken our free Orientation to the Woodshop class.
  • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols. 

  • You must wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.

Instructor: Oscar Barbo has been a woodworker and turner for more than 30 years. Oscar is well traveled, learning his turning in Hawaii, where he relished making pens from the local Koa wood. He often uses rare woods and non-wood materials like bone and antler. He is looking to share his skills while promoting pen design.
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