My grandson took a pen turning class at Woodcraft a few weeks ago. When we were working on a pen, he said that the instructor said to turn the ends of the blank to the proper diameter. OK, I thought about this yesterday while turning pens. I had a blank that I needed to salvage (see my thread on Almost Segmented) and I used a 1/4" parting tool to turn down the blank after rounding it with a roughing gouge. Now, my thought is this- I could use the parting tool on the end after turning to round to get close to the needed dimension of the pen and the components. Your thoughts? Showing a photo of my TBC setup.