How to Engrave Names on Wooden Pens

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How to Engrave Names on Wooden Pens
Engrave your pencils to personalise them. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Engraving, although a technique that has been around for centuries, is not something that everyone can master. Engraving on any wooden surface requires a delicate hand, patience and an eye for detail. If you plan to engrave a name or a pattern onto a wooden pencil, make sure you set aside enough time to give this task the care and attention it requires.

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Things you need

  • Wooden pencils
  • Wood engraver power tool
  • Pen
  • Paper
  • Ruler
  • Clamp (optional)
  • Spare wooden pencil or piece of wood

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  1. 1

    Practice your design on paper the same way it will appear on the pencil. Measure the width and length of your pencil and draw a rectangular guide using these dimensions.

  2. 2

    Rest or clamp your wooden pencil on a flat surface.

  3. 3

    Plug in your power engraver and practice engraving shapes, lines or patterns on a spare wooden pencil or piece of wood to ensure it is working properly. Experiment with the depth settings of your engraver until you get the desired markings.

  4. 4

    Start engraving. Move slowly and deliberately.

Tips and warnings

  • Remember to keep calm as you begin engraving on your first pencil.
  • Pencils are cheap so it's best to have extras so you can allow for a few mistakes, especially if you are new to engraving.
  • If you do not succeed with engraving names on wooden pencils, there are many businesses online that offer that service.
  • Engraving tools can be dangerous if not used properly. If you are under 16, seek the guidance of a parent or guardian.
  • Never use an engraver when under the influence of alcohol/drugs.

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