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What do we look for in a gift? Beauty and utility that make an emotional connection. Our handcrafted home and office products are designed with this in mind, sure to conjure that connection every time your friend or loved one uses them. ~~ Are we on social media? You bet! Look for HopeAndGracePens on Facebook, Instagram, Blogspot, Deviant Art, Found Myself, and YouTube!
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A passion for pens
A U.S. Marine returned from Afghanistan and within three months received orders and flew with the wife and two kids to a new duty station in Japan. Sum this up in two words: culture shock.
Shortly after settling in, he decided to try out a pen-making class offered at the local woodshop. It didn't take long. After producing only a few handcrafted pens, he was hooked.
"It's such a cathartic exercise," said Bryce Piper, artisan and curator of Hope & Grace Pens. "To just be there, with all your attention focused on what you're doing, blocking out all the stress and what's going on at work and home, creating something that's both beautiful and useful -- that's why I do it."
Starting with the basics, a bare-bones wood pen with no frills, Piper quickly branched out into ever-increasingly difficult and intricate pen designs.
"I would see all these incredible pens," said Piper, "that the guys around me would produce, the guys who'd been there for a while, some of them were breathtaking. Inlays and special cuts, swoops and swirls, checkerboard designs -- all with a gloss coat so smooth they looked wet. ... I guess it was part envy and part determination to do better myself that I began experimenting."
"There was one guy, Adam, who particularly took me under his wing. And after I began learning our relationship became mutually beneficial. Sometimes he'd tell me his design idea and I'd make an offhand suggestion and you could see the light bulb come on in his eyes. So we really fed this creativity off each other. We even collaborated on a few pens with each of us doing parts."
Adam McCambridge, a base civilian employee and former active duty Marine himself, taught Piper most of the techniques that became the base of Piper's work, he said. But it wasn't easy. Piper said he's left many a destroyed pen on the woodshop floor.
"Learning was pretty cool," Piper related. "Just when I'd think I had something assembled to produce an effect, I'd put it on the lathe and when it was done be completely surprised by what turned out. But every time that happened, I had a new technique under my belt. I could repeat this new effect and add it to my repertoire. And I'm still learning, every time."
"Maybe I'm not the first to do a particular design," he continued. "But many of the things I do now came up entirely through experimentation, things I taught myself. Like the layered Celtic knot. I know there's other guys out there who make them, but I'd never seen one before I decided to fuse three inlays together and then use them as the knot inlay. It was only after I started doing this that I'd see other penmakers doing similar designs. I'm not saying I created anything. But I am saying everything I make comes from an internal inspiration and a passion for this art."
You can follow the feats and foibles of Hope & Grace Pens at their randomly-populated blog: hopeandgracepens.blogspot.jp
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Deviant Art: http://hopeandgracepens.deviantart.com
Found Myself: http://www.foundmyself.com/HopeAndGracePens
John Redfield is a formerly-active-duty Marine who lives in Iwakuni city with his Japanese wife and their children. John works aboard station and makes some of the highest-quality pens offered at our store. John also does all kinds of woodworking, projects large and small, and is a resource for woodworkers on base. John does almost all of Hope & Grace Pens' handcrafted woodburning.
Robert Rudolf recently retired from the Marines after 24 years' faithful service. Robert also lives in Iwakuni city with his Japanese wife and their children, where he specializes in military challenge coin racks, dabbling in many other projects as well.
The boys have ventured into a number of other products, from hollow book safes to keepsake ring boxes, several of which they are honored to say have graced the wedding ceremonies of happy couples. While they generally focus on office and home products, they refuse to be constrained by limitations on what they'll make. They have only two criteria: the product must be both useful and beautiful.
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Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator
Bryce is an active-duty U.S. Marine stationed aboard MCB Quantico. He tried pen turning as a hobby and quickly developed a passion for the art. He especially enjoys producing intricate and unique designs to make beautiful and useful instruments.
John Redfield is a former active duty U.S. Marine who now works aboard MCAS Iwakuni, Japan. John enjoys making and teaching others to make wood projects of all types and sizes. John also does the wood burning for our products.
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