Welcome to this issue of Creative Woodworks & Crafts!
Jeff Powell's "Pen Scrolling" article is quite innovative, and it is really more about scroll sawing than pen turning; don't be concerned, we are not directing the content of this magazine into woodturning per se; however, the article does show in great detail two techniques for using your scroll saw to produce pen blanks which, of course, ultimately need to be turned on a lathe. These methods not only produce unusual artistic pens; they also provide a possible source of income, even for those who do not wish to do the woodturning. Jeff has found that once a person masters making these kinds of pen blanks, there are plenty of woodturners out there who are willing to pay good money for the scrolled blanks. We thought with the economy being as it is, some of you might be interested in looking into this way of putting more money in your pockets. We are always on the lookout for new uses for the scroll saw, and these pen blanks certainly meet that requirement.
Speaking of new ideas, check out the Wilckens' Scrolled "Feet". Some projects benefit when little decorative feet are added—they make nice accents, and give certain projects that little lift which seems to enhance them; besides, when you order these kinds of accessories from catalogues (typically made of metal) they can
be surprisingly expensive. The idea is simple, but by using the four designs provided and by varying wood thickness and color, the possibilities are endless. Once you get the hang of it, you can design your own accents for any project that calls for them.
In the inspiration category, take a look at Kermit Squiers' Readers' Gallery presentation. Kermit is 97 years young, walks two or three miles a day, works in his woodshop one to two hours a day, and has made some extremely detailed projects which he proudly displays! Let me wish each and every one of you Kermit's level of health, longevity, and skill!
Wishing you all a great year ahead!