Turning Pens and Building Connections: A Memorable Experience at the Mid-Ohio Valley Pen Turners Gathering

Turning Pens and Building Connections: A Memorable Experience at the Mid-Ohio Valley Pen Turners Gathering

Every hobby has its own vibrant and passionate community, and pen turning is no exception. As a pen blank vendor, my recent experience at the Mid-Ohio Valley Pen Turners Gathering was nothing short of exceptional. This event provided a platform not only to showcase our products but also to connect with fellow enthusiasts, learn from experts, and share the joy of crafting beautiful pens. One highlight of the event was a segmenting class led by Jim and Leon, the talented minds behind Cocoon Blanks.

The Gathering:

The Mid-Ohio Valley Pen Turners Gathering, held at the Parkersburg Armory, was a haven for pen enthusiasts. The event brought together both seasoned pen turners and newcomers, creating an atmosphere of camaraderie and shared passion. As a vendor, we were eager to showcase our carefully curated pen blanks and witness firsthand the creativity of the attendees.

Meeting Fellow Pen Enthusiasts:

One of the most rewarding aspects of attending such gatherings is the opportunity to meet people who share the same interests. From the moment we set up our booth, we were greeted with warm smiles and engaging conversations. Pen turners, woodworkers, and artisans from various backgrounds and skill levels visited our booth, and each interaction was a chance to exchange knowledge and enthusiasm.

Our pen blanks, with their unique patterns and exquisite wood species, sparked conversations about craftsmanship, design, and the infinite possibilities of pen turning. It was incredibly fulfilling to see attendees leave our booth with excitement, armed with the raw materials to create their next masterpiece.

Learning from the Experts:

A standout feature of this gathering was the chance to learn from the best in the field. Jim and Leon, two of the great minds behind Cocoon Blanks, were the highlight of my experience. Their segmenting class was not only educational but also an incredible opportunity to learn new skills.

Jim and Leon's expertise in segmenting techniques was evident from the moment the class began. They shared their knowledge, techniques, and tips that could only come from years of experience. I learned how to create intricate patterns using different types of materials, the importance of precision, and the significance of patience in segmenting. It was a hands-on experience that left me inspired and eager to incorporate these newfound skills into my craft.

Building Connections:

Beyond the classes and vending, the Mid-Ohio Valley Pen Turners Gathering allowed me to forge meaningful connections with fellow vendors and enthusiasts. We exchanged contact information, discussed potential collaborations, and shared our dreams of expanding the pen turning community. These connections extend beyond the event, creating a network of support and inspiration that will undoubtedly shape the future of our craft.


Attending the Mid-Ohio Valley Pen Turners Gathering as a vendor was an enriching experience that exceeded my expectations. Selling pen blanks was just one facet of this event; the real value lay in the connections made, the knowledge gained, and the passion shared. Jim and Leon's segmenting class from Cocoon Blanks was a particular highlight, taking my craft to new heights. I left the gathering with a renewed sense of purpose and a heart full of appreciation for the pen turning community. If you have a passion for pens and craftsmanship, make sure to mark your calendar for the next gathering – it's an experience you won't want to miss.

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