There are some approaches to making handmade pens, each as different as the artist. But fundamentally, each ends up using a process that roughly involves choosing materials, crafting handmade pen components, and the final assembly. It is a process that will help to create fountain pens through the pen world.

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Crafting the wood pen

There are lots of alternatives available to produce and shape the entire body of this fountain pen.  This ends in a curved body (single body, upper / lower bodied pens) which is easily held in the hand.

A wooden machine is used to keep the wood empty, which will be mounted on a lathe. The machine removes the wood while the artisan will use a variety of wood tools to empty the wood. The result is a cylindrical pin usually tapped from end-to-end.

When the pen body is formed, it is normally coated and then a finish is used. Some pens are just filled with sand and a wax topcoat is applied, which can be referred to as friction extracts. I like to employ a strong finish in my handmade pens, such as a finish or extra gum topcoats, as it is stronger and water-resistant. 

The body of the pen may be straightened, may have a slight bend, taper, curve or may contain stones, grass, or other decorations. Several options exist, and this is limited only by the imagination of the artist. Not all pens need to be rounded, aspens can be hexagonal and have other interesting shapes.