RichardAltenhofen

Fine Handmade Writing Instruments

Phoenix, Arizona · 312 Sales

RichardAltenhofen

Fine Handmade Writing Instruments

Phoenix, Arizona 312 Sales On Etsy since 2007

5 out of 5 stars
(63)

Announcement   Welcome to my Etsy Shop where you find quality pens and mechanical pencils in design found nowhere else. So pull up a chair and browse through my shop! Currently I ship to U.S. and Canada. Please let me know if you'd like to ship to your country.

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Announcement

Last updated on Sep 21, 2016

Welcome to my Etsy Shop where you find quality pens and mechanical pencils in design found nowhere else. So pull up a chair and browse through my shop! Currently I ship to U.S. and Canada. Please let me know if you'd like to ship to your country.

Sign up for my emails here: http://eepurl.com/g_PhA

Richard Altenhofen

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Richard Altenhofen

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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(63)
Brooke Norman

Brooke Norman on Jun 23, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

My mom bought this for my fiancé to give to him on our wedding day, it seems to be an excellent pen and I’m sure he will love it

rhs230

rhs230 on Jun 7, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

I work on a clunky terminal that tends to register inputs poorly. This fixed the problem

Evan Slabaugh

Evan Slabaugh on Feb 13, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

A magnificent pen! I use it daily.

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About

The Shop

I always have to chuckle when people refer to my "studio." My workspace is my garage. I have a full, but compact, wood shop. My major tools for creation are my lathes (yes, I have two), bandsaw, and drill press.

I create pens using my small, yet incredibly powerful and versatile, Sherline lathe. It's actually a metalworking lathe, but it works great for making small precise objects like pens.

Most of the wood I use I collect myself right here in the Sonoran Desert. I am especially fond of desert ironwood. It is unique to the Sonoran desert. It is hard and dense- it doesn't float - and it exhibits intense chatoyance in bright light. I try to capture that in the photos of my pens. Another special wood of the desert is mesquite. Also a hard wood, its beauty is captured in its burls. The burls grow underground. So the only time you get a mesquite burl is when you dig up a tree. I let someone else do that work. Mesquite looks especially good when matched with turquoise and that's what led me to my Arizona Pen design: mesquite turquoise and copper.

The semiprecious stones I use in my work are reconstructed. The stone is ground to a fine powder then reconstructed and impregnated with a resin. This is a more durable product than the original stone.

Normally I don't use ebony in my work because it is not sustainably harvested. However a few years back I obtained a large quantity of ebony logs that had been left out in the elements. Some of it had rotted beyond use. Can you imagine burning a piece of ebony? Fortunately much of it was usable. And that's the ebony I use. I call it "rescue" ebony.

I use other desert materials in my work. Cholla skeletons, pine cones, and snakeskin.

I do sell some of my work at wholesale to legitimate retail outlets. The normal minimum order is $1000. Message me for details.

Your satisfaction with the work I create is very important to me. I spent 25 years in quality management. I guarantee your satisfaction.

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Shop members

  • Richard at work

    Owner, Maker, Designer, CEO, CIO, CFO, And Janitor

Shop policies

Last updated on September 21, 2016
Welcome to my Etsy Store. You will find a broad range of fine handmade writing instruments - all of it created by me.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Refunds. I take great care to ensure the quality of the art I offer to you. I do this for your satisfaction and so that you will tell others about my work. If you decide within 30 days of receipt that my work is not to your satisfaction, feel free to return it to me.

Exchanges. Representing art on the internet such as I produce poses a number of challenges. So I am willing to exchange your purchase for another if you find upon receipt that it does not meet your expectations.

Repairs. Accidents do happen. And I do repair my work. If you need repairs, please contact me.
Payment
I accept Mastercard, Visa, and American Express credit card. You can also pay through Paypal. If you live in Arizona, expect to pay state sales tax. Sorry. I don't make the rules.
Shipping
I ship promptly after receiving your order, generally via USPS First Class. I will send you an email when your item(s) have shipped. Currently I ship only to U.S. and Canada. If you'd like for me include your country, let me know.
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom orders are welcome. Please contact me via email with your ideas. My lathe awaits you. Generally, I require 50% down payment to get started, the remainder is due upon completion of your piece.

Pens are shipped in a soft velour pouch, unless otherwise stated.

Refills are available for all my pens at yafaoutlet.com.

My pens are finished with a modified floor finish. Very durable.

I do sell wholesale on certain items. Please contact me for particulars.