Introduction to woodturning: Crafting a Pen


This workshop is either a morning (10:00 – 13:00) or an afternoon (14:00-17:00).

Workshop Overview

Have you ever wanted to learn how to turn a plain block of wood into something beautiful? Imants can show you how. In this workshop, you learn simple woodturning skills that will enable you to turn and craft your very own wooden pen to take home with you. This exciting workshop introduces you to the principles of using a lathe safely, care of woodworking tools, the suitability and preparation of wood for your wooden pen project and spindle turning. The wood you will use for your pen is natural and environmentally sustainable. This workshop will give you the skills to create a perfect gift, the workshop itself, also makes for a wonderful present.

Woodturning Crafting a Pen


Woodturning Crafting a Pen
Time Activity
10:00 Tea and biscuits on arrival, registration and welcome
10:15 Discussion on health and safety
10:30 Introduction to basic tools and machinery
10:45 Practice pieces
11:15 Tea and cake
11:30 Turning your wooden pen
12:30 Finishing touches (e.g. oil, stain, wax)
13:00 Workshop finishes
Woodturning Crafting a Pen

What You Will Learn

Woodturning Crafting a Pen slider

During this workshop, you will:

  • Follow health and safety guidance when turning and finishing wood;
  • Recognise basic wood turning tools and how to use them;
  • prepare wood for your wood turned project (practice piece and your wooden pen);
  • Secure your work piece to a lathe safely;
  • Turn your wood safely and correctly; and
  • Finish your turned wood pieces to create your pen.

What You Will Take Home

Woodturning Crafting a Pen
Woodturning Crafting a Pen
Woodturning Crafting a Pen
Woodturning Crafting a Pen
  • Woodturning Crafting a Pen
  • Woodturning Crafting a Pen
  • Woodturning Crafting a Pen

At the end of this workshop, you will take home your practice piece and your beautifully turned and hand crafted wooden pen.

Important Details

The Rural Skills Centre will provide:

  • All materials and equipment to make your wooden pen will be provided;
  • Protective equipment will be available for you to use;
  • Tea/Coffee and lots of cake;
  • Parking; and
  • Accessible facilities.

Please bring or wear:

  • Leather/covered footwear (This will protect against items that you may accidentally drop);
  • Long sleeved non-woollen top (Wood clippings tend to stick to wool more than synthetic fibres);
  • Long hair will need to be tied back; and
  • please advise us if you are sensitive to nut oils/beeswax/natural resins when booking.
  • Woodturning Crafting a Pen
  • Woodturning Crafting a Pen
  • Woodturning Crafting a Pen


Suitable for Beginners Icon

This introductory workshop is suitable for complete beginners who have a practical and enquiring mind. It is a practical hands-on workshop so a desire to have a go is essential.


This workshop is taught by Imants from Immy’s Woodcraft.