A Leather Pen

About: Freelance woodworker by nights and weekends.

For the past several months I have been working on making a line of pens I have named "earth pens". The goal was to make a line of pens that no one else had ever made. The adventure was very gratifying and drove me to think outside the box in order to reach my goal. One of the product of that endeavour is this leather pen. The process is somewhat time consuming but well worth it.

A lathe, roughing and skew chisel is a must in making pens and I have seen several homemade lathe projects in here that can be utilized for this project. A mandrel, pen kit, drill bits, sandpapers, finishing product and bushings are the the other essentials. Pen blanks are usually 3/4" x 3/4" pieces of wood that make the body of the pen. For this project, you also need some fine saw dust.

To start with, I used contact cement to coat the wood. After it partially dried and became tacky, I began wrapping the leather around the blank. Saw dust serves as a filler and several coats of lacquer will create enough adhesion to hold everything together. The topcoat is CA glue; it can be sanded and polished to a mirror finish.

The video shows the process of leather wrapping over the blank from start to finish. Give me a shout if you have any questions.
Thank you Mahdee

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    Penolopy Bulnick

    4 months ago

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    4 months ago

    This is really neat! I never thought of using leather for turning a pen. Thanks for the idea.

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    Reply 4 months ago

    Thank you. I have several other methods I use to make these unique pens. They are posted on youtube as well.