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Pens and Beyond

October 6 - 11, 2024

Don Ward  ·  redriverpens.com

Curtis Seebeck  ·  turntex.com

Workshop at a glance

Students will learn penturning skills from the basics to advanced techniques including but not limited to pen kit modifications, casting pen blanks and stabilizing and dying wood blanks.


  • Pen kit modification
  • Casting pen blanks using different resins
  • Dying and stabilizing wood
  • Other small object turning


  • A variety of wood
  • Various resins such as polyester resin, epoxy resins, and urethane resins
  • Dying and stabilizing wood using a popular stabilizing resin
  • Commercially available pen blanks of various materials


  • Knowledge to cast your own pen blanks
  • Stabilizing and dying wood blanks
  • Understand the basics of modifying pen kits
  • Students will create a small collection of pen blanks

Artist Bio

A retired math teacher, Don started his woodturning career in 1996. Don’s woodturning includes many types of turned objects, but his passion is pens. Don pushes the limits of kit pens making them unique. He has published the book, Turning Modified Slimline Pens: Beyond the Basics. Don has demonstrated at woodturning clubs, the Utah Woodturning Symposium, the Desert Woodturning Roundup, Turn On! Chicago, Craft Supplies USA and the SouthWest Association of Turners’ Symposium. Don Ward has previously taught at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and the Marc Adams School of Woodworking. Don wrote “The Penturner’s Corner” article each month since 2006 for More Woodturning magazine until its ceasing in 2018.

Curtis Seebeck lives in San Marcos, Texas. He is owner of TurnTex, LLC. and demonstrated and taught at woodturning clubs in Texas and the Utah Woodturning Symposium, in addition to teaching at Arrowmont and the Mark Adams School of Woodworking. As inventor and producer of the Worthless Wood resin and wood hybrid concept, Seebeck made significant innovations in the field. He is a recognized pioneer in the field of Casting and Stabilizing wood.

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Workshop Description

By thinking outside the box, students with an interest in pen turning, kit alteration, and personal style will gain or enhance their ability to create their own expressions by learning how to go beyond a packaged pen kit. Unique materials, styles, and techniques are covered in this workshop. Elimination of parts and augmentation of parts will create new insights into the artistic nuances of turning. Students will develop new techniques and discover their creativity during this course. Basics will cover how to sharpen and use the tools; advanced skills will be fine-tuned as the course covers finishing techniques, casting, and stabilizing. This workshop will take students from the basic pen and beyond.


The health and safety of students, faculty, and staff is a priority at Arrowmont. To that end, a Personal Conduct & Social Distancing Policy has been adopted to foster a safe learning environment during the coronavirus pandemic. Click here for the detailed Policy.


In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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