dyork - what kind of micro-lathe are you using to turn pens? I've probably made a dozen, and should get back into it.
The concrete nature of woodworking and the much greater sense of independence I get doing it makes it tempting for all the reasons that make me doubt tech. You can learn from others and teach others in woodworking, but there's not nearly the same sense that your destiny is welded to other people's business decisions.
I'm still programming, still writing, still editing. Just not sure it's what I want to do for my next forty years. (I'm 32.)