Dealing with PTSD and the deaths of family has been rough. I went in to a bit of a slump for a while, which ended when my nephew was murdered, and I needed to make an urn. I had a conversation with my doc about why it might be that trauma triggers creativity … That’s probably a discussion better left for another time.
I’m back into the swing of things, and producing as many pieces as I can in the humid heat of North Carolina. Custom orders are back on track, and I’ve brought some new finishing techniques into my repertoire!
Please don’t hesitate to message me if you’d like to make a custom order!
Many in the pen making community say that a bespoke pen os one created from raw materials with no kit and they’re not wrong, they’re just using an incomplete definition of the word.
A bespoke item is an item made for one person – and in the case of a pen, could still use a kit, but the design and materials be intended for a single user.
Making these three pens was a lot of work, but also a lot of fun.
The skull pen uses a blank I won from Divine Island Designs LLC. I saw the blank and knew it was what I wanted to dress the Skull fountain pen with to give to a patron as thanks.
The Anvil EDCs are dressed in silver maple and are going to a fellow Veteran and his wife at Ross Forge in Texas. Justin offered to trade a hand forged belt knife for matching shop pens for himself and his wife. That’s an easy trade to make, and these pens came out incredible! The Anvil EDC, by the way, is a sturdy, well built pen, and should withstand the rigors of daily use in a forge just fine.
My pens, by the way, come with a lifetime guarantee. If you break the wood or the mechanism, simple return the pen and I’ll repair or replace it free of charge.
Making a piece intended for an individual is always an adventure! Whether it’s a pen or an urn, the process of creating a unique piece intended solely for its recipient is the most enjoyable part of creating in my shop.
This is a Classic Elite 2 roller gel pen dressed in cherry burl and teal resin. I not only milled the burl, but poured the blank, and created this beautiful pen all in my tiny shop.
From a single piece of maple cut along the grain (bookmatched) to provide spindle orientation, to the lathe, where the handle is turned, and the basic form of the spoon, this project was a challenge, but also a great deal of fun!
The spatula took less hand carving than the spoon, but the end result is just as striking!
Silver maple, finished with Mahoney’s Walnut Oil. This set will be a treasured edition to it’s owner’s culinary accoutrement.
I’ve finally got a website with the help of Juan O. Duran! Thank you for your work Juan!
If you’re reading this, you’ve probably been following my woodworking journey on Facebook. With this site, I have more control of sales and can show you my latest work and tell you the story behind it!
Feel free to contact me if you’d like a custom piece of woodturning art! Email me at [email protected] or comment on the posts and photos!