Wood Turning Arts & Crafts by
WOODTURNED GIFTS & KEEPSAKES
FOR ANY OCCASION
Although he’s made several hundred bottle stoppers,
no two are exactly alike.
Even pens made the same way have differences in wood grain and color.
Woodturned Bud Vase
Woodturned Bud Vase
Apple iPad or PC Tablet Stylus Pen
Wood Pen Clock Pedestal Set
Woodturned Wine Bottle Stopper
Woodturned Christmas Ornament
Woodturned Fire Starter
Magnifying Glass, Pen & Letter Opener
Wood turned Letter Opener & Pen Set
Woodturned Pencil Holder
Assorted Woodturned Pens
Vertex Roller Ball Pen with Magnetic Cap
Paper Clip Holder & Wood Turned Office Supplies
Marv Conklin has been turning wood for over ten years. After being a pipe-fitter for 35 years, Marv retired and decided he needed another hobby in addition to fishing. He took one lesson from well-known turner Frank Lynn and was hooked. A few years later, Frank said, “You’ve committed the ultimate sin of becoming better than your teacher.”
Although woodturning is primarily a hobby, Marv’s pens and bottle stoppers have found their way from his Washington home clear across the country to Virginia and many states in-between. People in China, Mexico, Australia, and Holland have received these items as gifts from people in this area.
“The wood knows.” Marv takes pride in making every item unique. Although he’s made several hundred bottle stoppers, no two are exactly alike. Even pens made the same way have differences in wood grain and color.
To make a pen, Marv decides on the style, selects the wood (he uses exotic hardwoods from around the world), cuts it to length, drills an opening for the brass tubing, and glues the tubing inside the wood block. After the glue sets, he makes another cut, mounts the block on the lathe and begins the turning process which involves shaving off the wood, multiple sandings, and polishing with a special Australian shell wax before pen assembly. This process takes several hours. Look at the pictures of Marv’s pens, he hopes you will agree, it’s time well spent.