WIN A LATHE: The No Lathe Pen Challenge

Pens are a very common woodworking project, but most are made on a lathe. I don’t have a lathe. Lots of people don’t have lathes. However,¬†you should never let that stop you:

So now we’re holding a contest. Make a pen without using a lathe and you could win a Rockler Excelsior lathe, bed extension, turning tools, and kit holder. Thank you Rockler!

The second place finisher takes home a set of custom carbide turning tools from Tommy G Workshop. Thanks Tommy! The image below is the DIY kit, but Tommy says he’d be happy to send fully assembled tools if that is what the winner desires.

Third place gets a grab bag of goodies from myself and Amy Davis Roth, aka Surly Amy, my co-host on Makers’ Hustle.

The Rules:

  1. Make a pen.
  2. Don’t use a lathe.
  3. Email me a link to your video (bill at onecarworkshop dot com)
  4. Get this done before February 19, 2017. That’s the deadline.

FAQ:

I’ll add questions here as they come in, but I’ve already received a few:

“Who can enter?”

Anyone.

“I don’t live in the USA/Canada. Can I enter?”

Yes! If you win, I’m going to ship this stuff all the way to wherever you are. It will cost money. I don’t care. I want the best possible entries, and that means no restrictions.

“Can I enter more than once?”

Yes! Do it! However please note that one video = one entry, so multiple pens in a single video will make for one very compelling entry but not multiple entries.

“Does it have to use a pen kit?”

No!

“Does it have to be a ball-point pen?”

No.

“How do you pick a winner?”

The winner will be selected based on (1) the quality of the project and (2) the quality of the video, in that order. I have selected a panel of judges who have agreed to remove themselves from the competition and evaluate the entries. I am not one of the judges.

5 thoughts on “WIN A LATHE: The No Lathe Pen Challenge

  1. Hi,
    I live in Europe, is Rockler prepared to provide a lathe that meets the different current requirements from American 110 to European 220?

    Thanks.

      • Hi,
        Is this event open to people who already own lathes such as myself and if, since I own a lathe (it’s clear in some of my shots so far) will it be counted against me in judging?

      • Yes, this challenge is open to everyone. Everyone. It’s fine if you already own a lathe. Many of the other participants do, too.

  2. Hi,

    sorry to have put this on here, but I don’t know where else to go. I sent you my entry last night via g-mail, and i got up this morning and saw two new entries had been added but not mine, is there a problem i should be aware of?

    Thanks

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