Q: Do you take custom orders?
Yes, I can take custom orders; in as much as some one could choose light or dark wood and maybe a pattern type.
Q: Where do you get the wood to make your pens?
Q: What kinds of wood do you use?
The wood that I use for my pens are all found scraps, or wood some people give me from left over projects. I often do not know what kind of wood I am using. Your pen was made from some blocks of wood that were used here in the library as shelf filler from some books shelves.
Q: How did you learn how to make these pens?
The big question. I have always done some wood working as part of my art making and general creative process. I was out in my shop/garage a few years ago looking at some scraps of wood leftover from something and they were too small for anything but kindling, but they were very pretty. Then I started thinking about drawing tools, pens. and I had a drawer full of cheap pens, bic specifically. So after a lot of trial and error and miss drilling I bought a small drill press, made a "jig" and figured out how to drill a relativity straight hole in an approx. 1"x1"x 51/4" block of wood, the size of a bic pen refill. From there it is a process of sanding and carving and shaping. It is all hand work I do not use a lathe so each one is different and none are perfectly round.
While you might be thinking "I don't need another ballpoint", you can't argue that:
a) this pen is really neat
b) it's always handy to have a pen at the ready on your desk or work station or wherever you may be
c) sometimes you just need a ballpoint for one reason or another
So why not have a nice little handmade wooden desk pen?
ChancePens - $15.00 - $20.00
I think a handmade wooden pen is an awesome gift for yourself, for a family member, or for a friend! Talk about unique! Plus, if you are unsure what kind of pen someone might like, one can always use a ballpoint. This wooden pen is a lovely piece of work, and I am so thrilled to own it. A big thank you goes out to Bonnie :)