Well after we built the pen last week for Terri and talking to the Chief, we decided to invest in a lathe and all of the pen turning equipment involved to try and do it ourselves. Not saying I will be seeming much but at least for now I will be playing with it. The one good part about being where we are is the availability of good olive wood form the holy land to use, so I have put out a few feelers to find me some wood that I will be able maybe use next year (need to give it time to age and dry). I really love the look of olive wood, and with the closeness of the Holy Land most of the pen kits I bought to build have a religious theme such as Celtic crosses and the such. I am hoping to be able to work on goblets and beer tankards eventually, Chief says it is not to hard but I have only turned one pen so far and had alot of help with that!!! Spent a good part of my holiday weekend watching you tube videos of all kinds of turning and the more I see it the more I think I can do it.