Hello Fans, if you all missed me at the Sand sculpture composition here is another chance. This is our last show of the year and a important one for the Coronado Band & Choir Boosters the proceeds go to the school. also your last chance fill that gift list for that someone special your thinking of there are over 140 other vendor too.

December 2 / 2017


2017 Us Sand Sculpting Challenge And 3d Art Expo

Hello again, it’s 2017 and we are getting ready for our biggest show of the year  , the 2017 Us Sand Sculpting Challenge And 3d Art Expo.  Last year many of you made suggestion on designs you would like to see.  So I work very hard to present those to you. Like A/F 18f Navy,A/ F-18c Marines, SeaHawk H60r, Navy USN Nurse Corps Officer Collar Insignia, USN Master Diver, USN Diver Medical Technician, First Class Diver,  US Navy Police officer, US Navy Corrections Officer,  Master-at-Arms,  Chula Vista Police, San Diego Police, Fire Department witch I will post on my website. I’m always open to your suggestions and new designs so please keep them coming ! I hope to here from you and most of all to see you at the 3D Art Expo 1st. Sep. – 4th Sep. 2017 @ 1140 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101 click here.

18th Annual Lemon Festival







Hello Artisan Woodcraft fans i’m back in my home town of Chula Vista at the 18th annual Lemon Festival Aug. 3rd, 2014 from 10:oo am until 5:oo pm Sunday . I will be showing my personalized wall tributes and tribute clocks, many of my hand inlaid pens and other custom wood arts.  Come on down and say hi, check out my hand made creations….there are many great gift ideas. There  will be lots of food, music, fun entertanment for the whole family!  Click on the link to see the sponsors’ pages.  http://www.thirdavenuevillage.com/

Seasons of the Heart

“Seasons of the Heart” is coming to Del Mar Fairgrounds on November 8th, 9th, 10th. 

I will be displaying my handmade Artisan woodcrafts at this three day show for all your gifting needs for everyone on your list!! I now offer personalized laser engraving for an extra special touch. Hope you see you all at this great holiday show, please stop by and say hi I’d love to see you all there! For more info click here

U.S. Sand Sculpting Challenge & 3D Art Expo

A really cool event come up in Aug. 30th – Sep. 2nd this a four day event at the “B” Street Cruise Terminal Pier, Downtown San Diego. Hope to see you all there! Artisan woodcrafts will have a booth all four days, please stop, say hello and take a look at my new Artisan Woodcrafts! There will be a lot going on at this event, check out the sponsor sit http://ussandsculpting.com

Bonita Country Crafters

Good morning, this coming weekend, (March 22nd/23rd), please come visit me, (Artisan Wood Crafts by Gary), at the Bonita Spring Craft Faire!

The faire is on Friday the 22nd from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday the 23rd from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

I will have a booth with my handcrafted artisan pens, kaleidoscopes, cutting boards and more interesting and beautiful one of a kind woodcrafts. This is a great time to check out some unique gift ideas for Graduations, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Birthdays and all occasions! 

Come on down and check out all the great hand crafted gifts giving or for keeping. Hope to see you there, Gary

Sweetwater Community Church
5305 Sweetwater Road, Bonita CA 91902

People ask me how I get such a clear finish

People often remark about the beauty of my pen finishes and ask  how I achieve these finishes, so I will briefly outline some steps that I take. After the pen has been turned to shape on the lathe (to a size exactly proper for the mechanism “fitting” to be used), the rest of the process continues with the pen still spindled on the lathe.

Dry sandpaper is sequentially applied to the spinning pen in coarseness grits of 150, 240, 320, 400 and 600 respectively.  After the application of each grit of sandpaper the lathe is stopped, and I laterally sand the pen by hand.  This is important because the spinning lathe leaves sandpaper scratches in a radial direction. The process of hand sanding after each grit ensures that all I have removed all the scratches. These steps take time and patience but that is the commitment I give to make my finely detailed artisan pens.

At this point, depending on the type of pen material, some sort of sealer is often applied. While not normally needed for acrylics, most woods and other materials benefit from CA, epoxy or other sealers. Most pen turners stop the process at this point.

I continue the process by wet sanding in a variety of grits, always including 320 and ending with 800. By now, the pen looks beautiful  but is not yet done! I apply ten more coats of CA, and then start the wet sanding process again with 1500 grit through 12,000 grit. Not done yet ! 

The mixtures I use are dependent on the pen materials involved, and I think you will agree the results are superb. Finally, I use two buffing wheels with white diamond compound followed with a clean, dry buffing wheel. A little renaissance wax museum curation, hand buff soft cloth. The gloss and depth is stunning.

So there you are, as you can tell there is a lot of time attention to detail involved in my process. Starting from a block of wood that I turned to shape with a chisel on a lathe, ensured the components fit perfectly and created a glass like finish which brings out all the inherent beauty of a fine handmade pen!

Artisan woodcrafts by Gary

Ya! We are up and running, the store is open and the shop is  cutting and turning beautiful artisan crafts. Come on in and look around I am adding new artisan custom crafts every day. Look around, ask some questions, tall me what you think or tall me what you would like to see. Please get yourself a cup of hot coffee hang out awhile. Be sure to check out my newest Statesman Rollerball pen, “Fire Rescue & Flame” it is Red Hot! Ready to be gifted to that special person you know who deserves a Thank you or a graduation gift or maybe for your self just because ! Thank you for checking me out at  Artisan Woodcrafts by Gary