If your ambition is to be a pen-maker par excellence, then apart from buying the right tools and equipment, I'd suggest that buying the DVDs by Kip Christensen and Rex Burningham would push you a very long way in the desired direction. Starting with a basic pen in 'Turning Pens with Kip & Rex (Video 1 - The Basics & Beyond)' they proceed to cover variations on this Slimline pen with wire burning, the addition of finger grip grooves and two special centre band treatments. In addition to the "how to" section, they also cover the tools needed, suitable adhesives, specialised materials such as antler, exotic timbers and various plastics. Kip Christensen and Rex Burningham and well-known and respected turners, especially in their home country, the US of A. In these DVDs we learn why that is - the answer is, quite simply - they are both entertaining and informative in their approach, serving up gems of woodturning "nouse" with a deft but light touch.
Hand Forged Steel Wood Working Tools for Wood Carving and Woodturning; High Speed Steel Tools and Carbon Steel Tools from Henry Taylor.
Diamic brand woodturning tools have been produced in Sheffield by skilled craftsmen, from the finest steel for more than one hundred and fifty years. The manufacturer of these tools marries traditional hand crafting and forging skills with modern heat treatment and finishing techniques to give the quality of design, finish and edge retaining properties demanded by woodturners of today. Stringent control ensures that the best steel is selected. Each tool is carefully forged, correctly hardened and tempered, then hardness-tested to guarantee edge retention.
Acorn carving tools are world renowned and have been made by Henry Taylor Tools since 1834, combining the traditional pride and skills of those far off days with the aids of modern technology. Only the best quality steel is used, coupled with advanced heat treatment, to ensure that the finest of cutting edges is not only achieved but also maintained.