The design on this handcrafted wood fountain pen is inspired by a view we stopped to admire during our travels through colorado. We had been driving from mancos up through the southern rockies to telluride. Every item that my husband and i make is lovingly, slowly, mindfully handcrafted. Each is it's own unique little piece of functional art.
Opie makes his own blanks, which are the wood blocks that are put on the lathe to be turned into pens, pencils, seam rippers etc. This is so that we can choose our wood for functionality, aesthetics and sustainability.
This also gives him the ability to make them any size that he wants, allowing him to turn larger grip writing instruments or handles so as to be comfortable to a greater diversity of people with different needs. We have discovered, from listening to family, friends and customers that a larger grip can be helpful for people with arthritis, carpal tunnel, ehlers-danlos syndrome, dysgraphia, and other physical or neurological conditions that make slimmer pens more difficult or painful to use. In our shop you can find a wide variety of pen and pencil sizes and shapes to choose from. All of the designs on the wood are my own, freehand drawn, pyrography engraved and then painted in watercolors. I don't ever repeat a design, although i will explore a theme.
Opie seals them all with a friction polish on the lathe. Most of our epoxy resin and wood hybrid pens are made from deadfall wood, wood that has died and fallen naturally. We collect the wood according to the rules, regulations and environmental recommendations of the area they are collected from. We also occasionally use wood leftover from yard or woodworking projects of kind neighbors. Everything is made in a smoke free home.
Short waterman style ink cartridge, black. Hand carved driftwood inspired pen rest. This item is made of american poplar wood and hand drawn pyrography, watercolor paint, gold colored metal hardware.