During this week’s video, I turned a hybrid blank (out of wormy sycamore and alumalite) and put it on a Wall Street II Pen kit. I have personally come to love the Wall Street II/Monarch/Sierra kits as they look nice, but are also easy to assemble.
The video that goes with this article is a little more than 27 minutes. You’re probably screaming right now, “ROBERT! WHAT ARE YOU THINKING?!” I’m okay with that because I wanted to try out the long-form content. If it goes over well, I will continue to do long-form. If it completely flops, I will go back to just doing an overview of sorts. I wanted to try the long-form for a couple reasons:
1. The new YouTube standards for monetization (which I have already addressed in previous posts and videos) favor watch time instead of views.
2. Even if this format flops for me, I wanted to produce a more in-depth video tutorial of sorts to show others all the steps that go into making a pen (Wall Street II kit to be more specific).
My goal in releasing this video was to be another resource for the pen turners and prospective pen turners to have a tutorial that walked them through each step and why we do each step. If you look at how a pen is made, very little of the pen making process is turning the pen blank. There is a lot more to it than that. Once you get comfortable with the processes of making pens, it will become second nature, and while each kit is a little different, the general processes are the same.
If I failed to cover anything or you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to contact me at one of my various contacts. I can be reached through my email, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and a few other methods.