Twist Pen Made From a Beaver-Chewed Stick

Twist Pen Made From a Beaver-Chewed Stick


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Handmade pens are a commonplace item these days, but where else can you find a pen that's made by both the hands of a human and the teeth of a beaver?

My beaver-stick pens are made from genuine beaver-chewed sticks, collected from streams and ponds near my home in rural Massachusetts. As you might imagine, finding sticks that are the right combination of a good diameter, straightness, and attractively beaver-chewed isn't easy.

To make a stick into a pen, I carefully drill out the center of the stick and install commercially-made pen parts and mechanisms. These parts come from the same pen kits that are sold for use in lathe-turned handmade pens. The wood is finished with multiple coats of tough polyurethane.

These are quality, fully-functional pens. The ballpoint tip extends and retracts when you twist the two sections of the pen body. The internal pen mechanisms are made entirely of brass and steel and should last a lifetime. These pens can be opened to replace the refill and they ship with genuine Cross brand refills for the best writing experience.

I ship each pen with a "certificate of authenticity" printed on the back of one of my business cards. This describes the materials and making of the pen. If you're giving a beaver-stick pen as a gift, this will make a nice addition to that gift.

This pen is 7 inches (18 cm) long and about 3/8 inch (10 mm) in diameter. At the top of the pen a beaver has nipped off the end of the stick as well as one large and one small forking branches. Most of the bark has been nibbled off of this stick (tree bark is a favorite food of beavers), leaving behind a few patches of brown bark at the top and traces of bark on the body of the pen. When beavers feed on a small stick like this, they twirl the twig around in their dextrous paws as they nibble off the bark, like a person eating corn on the cob. If you look closely you can see the spiral pattern of toothmarks and traces of bark that this feeding leaves behind on the stick. As shown in the photos, the pen comes with an attractive cotton-filled gift box.

I don't think you can beat a beaver-stick pen for its utter uniqueness, nor can I imagine a pen with a more endearing story behind it -- the story of one of nature's most charming creatures enjoying a nice meal. Whether for signing important documents or scribbling out a shopping list, a beaver-stick pen is sure to bring joy to whoever uses it.

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Karl Bunker

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