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Wood Fountain Pen

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Wood Fountain Pen
Teal and Violet Box Elder Wood Pen
Rhodium – 22kt Gold
Handmade Pen

I made this fountain pen by hand with box elder wood. It was made on a lathe in my pen studio. The metal components are rhodium with 22kt gold accents. The nib on this handmade fountain pen is German made and many of my current customers prefer it to Mont Blanc’s and other high end pen companies. The handcrafted pen body is a dark violet with faint traces of teal.

1. The pen pictured
2. An in cartridge
3. An ink converter
4. A black velvet pen pouch

I love making pens and it is my second “job” so I don’t have to rush anything and make each pen as though it is the most important pen at any given moment. It really isn’t a “job” at all…it is pure pleasure selecting the best wood for the pens I make. Then the wood is cut with my bandsaw and the barrel holes are carefully drilled. The ends are then squared and then it is put on my lathe. Now come the part I love (one of them anyway). I take various tools and shape each section of the pen. I shape and balance each section knowing the pen will be used to write. Using calipers, I measure sections of the pen down to .001/inch. Sanding is next. There is an art and science just to sanding. I spend a lot of time sanding. To me, this is where the pen sections really come alive. I use approx. 18 grades of sanding. The last thing prior to finishing is wet sanding. It is done with a micro-mesh that feels more like rubber than sand paper. It polishes the surface to a glass like finish.

Lastly finish is put on each pen section one layer at a time. While putting each layer of finish on I think to myself how long I want the pen to last. I hope every pen I make gets passed down through generations. To do this many coats of finish need to be applied. I never use lacquer but rather a CA finish that will last for generations. I usually apply 10-12 coats knowing that each coat will last 50 years. Many pens I make have 14-18 coats of finish on them. I’d like to think that in the year 2500 that someone will have one of my “old” pens that still looks good.

I wet sand each section again to get that mirror like surface to the finish. I apply a wet polish next and hand buff each part. Then I apply carnauba wax and museum wax and hand polish every detail.

It is a great feeling holding every handmade pen. It is a great feeling too when I get to ship one out to a customer. The best feeling is having a loyal base of repeat customers and referrals. Makes my day. : )

Wood Fountain Pen


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: wood, box elder, burl
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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