Twist Pen Made From a Beaver-Chewed Stick With Box Made From a Beaver-Chewed Log

Twist Pen Made From a Beaver-Chewed Stick With Box Made From a Beaver-Chewed Log


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beaver chewed stick

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 7-1/2 inches (19 cm) long and about 3/8 inch (1 cm) in diameter. As you can see, there's a sharp bend in the stick, and a beaver has nipped off the top end of the stick as well as cutting off a few 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. If you look closely you can see the beaver's faint tooth marks all along the length of the pen. There's a lot of visual interest to this pen, and it has a very "twiggy" look.
The box for the pen is of course made from a section of beaver-chewed log, sawn in half and fitted with hinges and a carved-out compartment custom-made to fit this pen. The inside of this compartment is lined with soft flocking to protect the pen. If you're giving this set as a gift, the pen-and-box combination makes for a spectacular and delightful presentation. And if you're buying for yourself, the box is a great way to store your pen, and is as much of a pleasure to look at as the pen itself. The box is 9-1/2 inches (24 cm) long and 2-1/2 inches (6 cm) front-to-back.

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. A beaver-stick pen is sure to bring joy to whoever uses it, and the accompanying beaver-made box only adds to the experience.

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Karl Bunker

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