Go to the tips section of our website and look up my article on making a chatter tool real cheap. It's very easy.
The work pretty much totally on end grain. On side grain, like a pen, they just tear up the wood. There is a learning curve to using them. Put a piece of wood in chuck that has the grain running parallel to the bed. then clean up the end and just practice. cut that off and practice some more. What I like to do is make little chatter work medalions this way. I can then insert those into any other turning and have chatter work.
to do texture on side grain you need something like the sorby Texturing tool which sort of resembles a metal working Knurling tool.
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