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Studio Fu: Carve Your Own Bamboo Pens

Jen Dixon, Abstract and figurative artist, tutor.

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6 Videos (32m)
    • Introduction and Materials List

    • Choosing Your Bamboo

    • Cutting Bamboo

    • Begin Shaping the Nib

    • Drill, Notch, and Split

    • Test, Tweak, and Thank You


About This Class


Hi, I’m Jen Dixon artist and tutor, and I’ve been selling my work for over thirty years.
In that time, I’ve picked up and made up a bunch of tips and tricks for making the most of my art space and practice.
Studio Fu is my take on Kung Fu, which literally means “time spent at skilful work.” Studio Fu classes are short, and will help you make the most of your time, tools, and techniques as an artist.

In this episode of Studio Fu we’re going to make our own bamboo pens. Why on earth would we do that when you can buy them? Because you get the satisfaction of a new skill, you can make as many as you have time and bamboo for, and you get killer knife skills (which naturally come with bragging rights).

The introduction video has the materials list (which you can find in the Project section too) and I know you’re going to enjoy this very hands-on, sharp things, power tools and glory class.

Let’s get started!


20 of 20 students recommendSee All

Honestly not something I thought I would be interested in, but now I find myself looking through the toolshed for some bamboo to carve! Intriguing and a really unique class. Thanks!
Pete Cooper

Beard Owner, Swell Guy

This is an excellent tutorial! The what, how and why narration was clear and well-paced. The videos meaningfully capture what we need to see, The nib illustrations in the handout provide useful closeup information. Jen's calm, patient, "you can do this too" manner makes for easy listening and viewing!
Mark Joyce


Great class! I definitely recommend it!





Jen Dixon

Abstract and figurative artist, tutor.

Jen Dixon works mostly in mixed media abstract and figurative painting. She is also an illustrator, writer, and teaches privately both groups and individuals. Originally from Indiana, she now lives in a windy village on the North Cornwall coast of England.

Having led her first drawing classes at the age of six, she continued with art throughout her school days by selling portraits and sign-painting for local businesses. She taught art to young teens before achieving a degree in Industr...

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