Pens

To see our available pens, please visit our slimline, european, cigar, sierra, and fountains-and-rollerballs pages.

Double Dyed Boxelder Burl

Our pens are individually handmade on a wood lathe. We use a variety of figured woods, burls, resins, and other materials that are visually appealing. We select high quality metal components for each pen to ensure a quality product. While there are cheaper ways to make pens and cheaper materials to make them from, we believe that these are false savings. We sell no pen that we wouldn't happily use ourselves or give as a gift.

Our gallery is constantly expanding as we explore new woods and materials. Our wood comes from every continent except Antarctica (and if we find any Antarctic wood, we'll use that too!). Some of the materials that we have used include:

  • African blackwood
  • Almond
  • Amboyna burl
  • Ambrosia maple
  • Apple
  • Bamboo
  • Bethlehem olivewood
  • Birdseye maple
  • Bloodwood
  • Bocote
  • Bolivian rosewood
  • Boxelder burl
  • Brown mallee burl
  • Bubinga
  • Bullet casings
  • Canarywood
  • Carob
  • Celluloid
  • Cherry burl
  • Cocobolo
  • Corian
  • Corncob
  • Cottonwood burl
  • Custom cast resin
  • Desert ironwood
  • East Indian rosewood
  • Ebony
  • English walnut
  • Gemwood
  • Goncalo alves
  • Green abalone shell (in resin)
  • Holly, Irish bog oak
  • Ironbark burl
  • Kingwood
  • Koa
  • Mangrove driftwood
  • Maple
  • Maple burl
  • Mesquite
  • Myrtlewood
  • Padauk
  • Peruvian walnut
  • Pink ivory
  • Poplar burl
  • Prickly pear cactus (in resin)
  • Purpleheart
  • Putumuju
  • Redheart
  • Red mallee burl
  • Red oak
  • Redwood
  • Redwood burl
  • Rosewood burl
  • Siberian pea tree
  • Snkeskin (in resin)
  • Spalted English beech
  • Spalted maple
  • Sunflower seeds (“Dakota Burl”)
  • Tiger stripe pradauk
  • Tulipwood
  • Water buffalo horn
  • Wenge
  • White oak
  • Whitetail deer antler (naturally shed)
  • Wild thistle (in resin)
  • Wine barrels
  • Wooly mammoth ivory
  • Yew
  • Zebrawood

 

From time to time, we get access to very rare woods and materials or woods from historic sources. Examples include trees planted by famous historical figures or salvaged wood from historical buildings or ships. Aquiring these materials often involves contracts limiting how they can be advertised, so they typically do not appear on our website. If you are interested in a one-of-a-kind historic material pen, please contact us for availability.

People often ask how long it takes to make a pen. Once the wood is cut and appropriately dried, it takes about a week from start to finish. We're not working on the pen all this time, but there are many steps and often time must pass between them. For example, we use a sanding process with a minimum of 4 grits and up to 12 grits for many materials. Our typical finish has at least 4 coats precisely applied and then polished to a mirror-like finish. We think the results speak for themselves.

Are there faster and cheaper ways of making a pen? Certainly, but they would not be up to our standards. Take a look; we think you'll like what you see.

A comparison of pen sizes. Left to right (1) Gentleman's or Statesman's Fountain or Rollerball, (2) Junior Gentleman's or Statesman's Fountain or Rollerball, (3) Cigar ballpoint, (4) European ballpoint, (5) Sierra Vista ballpoint, (6) Sierra ballpoint, (7) Streamline ballpoint, (8) Slimline ballpoint