Hi i love maple, nice pen and i rekon that is a lot better grained than the pic gives out, i see the press a good while back and thought of doing it, does it work well. I use a bit of hard wood i shaped up and put in my pillar drill and use to press works okay but now and then if you don't watch it will mess up. Nice to see you getting your lad into turning, i wanted to be a carpenter from the age of 8, my perants got me full tool kit for christmas when i was 8. My Niece loves to have a go when she comes, made her mum a lace bobbin and was well happy, made a real nice job as well for her first go, a natural. Looks like your lad is going to do some nice work. keep it up..LB.