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Mid-Atlantic Penturners Gathering 2014


Would you like to be a sponsor? Get your name or company listed here if you make a donation or donate a door prize! Contact Us for more information.

What are you bringing to MAPG 2014? Friday will have a SHOW and TELL (instant gallery) and Saturday will have two penturner contests (see rules).

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WHAT IS MAPG? MAPG stands for Mid-Atlantic Penturners Gathering. We will have two FREE days of hands-on demonstrations, pen galleries, pen supply vendors, and networking with talented pen makers, turners, and hobby connoisseurs from International Association of Penturners. Please REGISTER HERE today!


Friday, May 2, 2014
Saturday, May 3, 2014


Woodcraft of Richmond
9862 West Broad Street
Glen Allen, VA 23060


CLICK HERE for the complete 2014 event schedule!

April 13, 2014: MAPG 2014 CONTEST RULES ANNOUNCED! This year at MAPG we have so much planned, it promises to be an amazing event. So without further ado, here are the events.

  • Kit pen contest. This is purely as it sounds, make a really good looking kit pen. No modifications are allowed, just a beautiful pen. Pay close attention to the fit and finish and you'll be halfway there. Get into matching the blank to the kit and you're even closer.

  • Modified pen contest. This is a little more complicated, but not much. It has to start with a pen kit. Then modify it to meet your liking. There must be TWO (2) identifiable parts from the same pen kit. If using a slimline kit this could be the nose cone and transmission. If using a Cigar kit, it could be the the nose cone and clip. You get the idea.

Those are the only rules specific to either contest. Here are some pretty standard rules that apply to both contests.

  1. 1. The pen which you enter into the contest CANNOT have been entered into any other contest or shown in any public venue at any time prior to this event. This would be on MAPG, another pen site, FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, your personal website, ETSY, eBay, or the like. If anyone can google it and find it, you're in the wrong.
  2. 2. There are no social, genetic, age, gender, skill level, or height restrictions for entry to either contest. Only that the person entering the pen actually made the pen.
  3. 3. You may only enter ONE pen into EACH contest.
  4. 4. There will be a double-blind entry and judging into each competition, with an entry form provided to you upon delivery of the pen.
  5. 5. DO YOUR BEST!

Pens must be submitted in person before 11 AM on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. Please contact Brett Ransom (IAP - hard hat) or by email with any questions.


Show and Tell - introduce your pens and pen products (instant gallery)
Group Panel Discussion - "Marketing your Pens"

Barry Gross - "A Pen from Start to Finish"
Bruce Robbins & Brett Ransom - "Making and Anodizing an Aluminum Pen"
Eric Rasmussen - "Photographing a Pen"
Fred Wissen - "Clear Casting"
Keith Henning - "Polymer Clay Pens"
Richard (Rick) Crook - "Celtic Knots"

CLICK HERE for more info!


Classic Nib

Classic Nib - Roy and Dee Robaldo (OKLAHOMAN) featuring vendors Marla Mills, Keith Henning, and more...

Turn Tex

Turn Tex Woodworks - Curtis O. Seebeck (MesquiteMan) the leading authority on small shop porous material stabilizing and the home of "Original Cactus Blank"™ and "Texas Hybrid"™ pen and knife blanks.

Richard Greenwald

Richard L. Greenwald LLC - Richard and Betsy Greenwald (penmaker56 and MrsPenMaker56) offers pen parts that we bring in from SCHMIDT® or we manufacture ourselves, and hand-colored and hand-cast plastics in both PR and FLEXIGRAN.

Jonathon Brooks

Jonathon and Shea Brooks (AKA Brooks803 and brookswife803) plethora of blanks for sale to cater to the kit and custom pen makers of the world.

Fred Wissen Designs LLC - Fred and Tina Wissen (PTownSubbie and MrsPTownSubbie) silicone casting molds, CNC engraved cartridges, polymer clay blanks, and various acrylic and cholla cactus blanks.

Eric Beuker

Eric Beuker (Buzzzz4) focus in embedded blank casting - mini-pinecones, cherry pits, and antler bits castings.

Arizona Silhouette

Arizona Silhouette - Barry Gross (2bgross) - the source for eye candy!

Craft Coat rep Michael Hardin

Michael Hardin (CrashMPH) Craft Coat is a waterborne linseed oil modified wood finish made by Eco Advance


April 17, 2014: Thank you for your Donation - Jonathon Brooks (Brooks803)!

Jonathon Brooks
Jonathon Brooks

Brooks Blanks - thanks to Jonathon Brooks (Brooks803) for donating fifteen of his PR blanks and five wood blanks. Jonathon will also be vending a "plethora of blanks" for this MAPG 2014. Please visit Exotic Blanks for more information.

April 17, 2014: Thank you for your Donation - John Underhill (JohnU)!

John Underhill
John Underhill
John Underhill

Fantastic Feathers - thanks to John Underhill (JohnU) for donating three Sierra Ringneck Pheasant feather blanks, three Sierra colored feather blanks, two Sierra Amherst Pheasant feather blanks, one Sierra natural feather blank, one Sierra shredded money blank, and two Sierra Prairie Rattlesnake blanks. He donated three Junior Ringneck Pheasant feather blanks, one Junior Amherst Pheasant feather blank, and one Junior mixed feathers blank. John also donated a whole boxful of IAP koozies. Please visit Exotic Blanks for more information.

April 17, 2014: Meet our Vendor / Demonstrator / Panel Guest / Donor - Barry Gross of Arizona Silhouette!

Barry Gross

Thanks to Barry Gross (2bgross) for joining us at Mid-Atlantic Penturners Gathering this year. In August 2012 Barry Gross purchased Arizona Silhouette and moved it to PA. He is an artisan with over 30 years of varied experience working in several diverse media. Barry is inspired by nature and loves the texture and rich feel of each piece of exotic wood that he turns. He has published over 50 articles in several woodworking magazines, is an author of three books on turning and just released his second DVD.

Barry Gross recently shared the latest news on his upcoming schedule, "For the first 13 weeks of 2014 we have demonstrated pen making to thousands of people throughout the eastern half of the country, traveling from New England to Florida and as far west as Kansas City. Now, it is time to get ready for upcoming events such as club demonstrations, Chesapeake Woodturners - Atlantic Shore Woodturners, the Mid Atlantic Pen Gathering and fine art and craft shows (Paradise City Arts Festival). In June, we are off to Indianapolis to teach at Marc Adams School of Wood Working. In July we are teaching at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts and in August we will be demonstrating at Turn On Chicago! A few weeks off and then it is back on the road for the fall wood working season heading for the western part of the country and the fall art and craft show season! We will end the second week of December just in time to start the winter season for the Wood Working Shows!"

In addition to vending, Barry Gross will be participating in our "Marketing your Pens" discussion panel on Friday night and demonstrating how to make a pen from start to finish on Saturday. Thanks to Barry for donating a $50.00 gift certificate to Arizona Silhouette as a door prize for MAPG 2014!

CLICK HERE to visit our blog for more updates!

Special thanks to our venue sponsor, Ray Deyo - Woodcraft of Richmond!


Thompson Lathe Tools
Perry's Pens

Mike Hirsch

Satellite City Instant Glues
Richard L. Greenwald LLC
Classic Nib

Terry Quiram Ten Fingers Woodworking

Orbita Corporation
Arizona Silhouette
John Underhill
Jonathon Brooks

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