Goddard Jr High School - Midland, TX

July 14th, 2008

Dear Pam,
Thank you for providing catalogs and kits for my pen-making teacher in-service sessions. I did a couple of presentations recently at the Texas Summer Professional Development Conference for Technology Educators in Houston. The title was: “How to make a pen on a lathe; Hands-on learning.” This was a joint in-service of the Texas Education Agency and the University of Houston.
With the help of several veteran teachers we set up the woodturning ‘module’. Attendees were asked to sign in as ‘Experienced’ or ‘New’ to making pens. After a 10 minute introduction I simply asked the newbies to find an oldie and have them guide them through the process. The remainder of time was used for hands-on learning. My list showed a total of 75 educators attended my sessions and all 100 of the handouts were picked up. I brought enough pre-drilled, pre-glued, pre-trimmed blanks to make 50 pens or 100 key rings. We used some of your super blanks to get a lot of production packed into a small time slot—sounds just like school. Not a single piece went unused. The machines included a couple of Delta Midi lathes I purchased in March from Penn State Industries with an Educational Opportunity Grant from the American Association of Woodturners. I also borrowed some Jet and Carba-Tecs from Andrews H.S. teacher Gordon Russell. Thanks again for all your help.
Kent Crowell
Goddard Jr High School
Midland TX 79705

Richardson North Jr. High School

July 14th, 2008

Above are pictures I took at the Texas Technology Student Association conference held in Waco, Texas. Our club took 7 projects and brought home 1 white ribbon, two red ribbons, 4 blue ribbons club. Both chess boards and pieces brought home a best in state and blue ribbons.
The pictures below are from the TEA Summer In-Service Conference. The name of my presentation was Expanding Projects for Spinning Lathes Using Duplicators and I presented before 35 people. Some of the participants were new teachers and did not know anything about turning pens and other participants were interested in how the duplicator worked and how to make their own patterns.

Ted Weiberg
Richardson North Junior High School
Richardson, Texas

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