I measure the pen blank (wood or acrylic) and cut to a size slightly longer than needed for the pen. Then I mark the centers for drilling.
I use a drill press to drill the exact size hole needed for the brass tubes that are inserted into the pen barrel.
After drilling the hole the pen blank is measured to the length of the tube plus 1/16” on each end to allow for squaring of the blank.
I cut the blank on a band saw before glueing in the brass tube. I then square off the ends with a barrel trimmer.
Setting up the drilled wood block in my lathe to begin hand shaping wood barrel sleeve.
I mount the blank on the lathe and turn the blank round before shaping.
I then shape the piece and ensure the ends are of the correct diameter for the pen.
I hand-sand the piece while on the lathe.
After sanding, I use the lathe to apply an appropriate finish.
The final step is to assemble the pen parts using a press.
The finished product.
This pen was made with a blue dyed maple and the components are chrome and gunmetal.