Julie Dawkins on Mar 28, 2017
It's just so darn cute and squishy. It is functional, and reasonably priced. I really wish I had bought more colors.
Ash Bush Lettering + Design
This is a calligraphy shop, featuring custom pens and accessories with a designer flare. We believe that your creative personality can shine through your tools, and be used to beautify your brand! We love trying new things and pushing the boundaries in regards to design and use!
"This shop was born out of a gift of love. One Christmas I asked my husband, Zach, if he would turn me a calligraphy nib holder on his lathe, and he did!"
Ash is the creative force behind this endeavor! She hand-paints and designs the pens.
Zach manages the workshop! He works the lathe, turning custom pens and being super awesome at it.
Lauren is so organized it's crazy! She's the perfect manager, she handles custom requests, messages, inquiries, orders and listings. She keeps us all sane.
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Returns & exchanges
- Custom or personalized orders
- Perishable products (like food or flowers)
- Digital downloads
- Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
- Items on sale
- To communicate with you about your order
- To fulfill your order
- For legal reasons (like paying taxes)
Frequently asked questions
How long does it take to make a custom pen?
Custom orders generally take 3-4 weeks (per pen) to make, more intricate designs and multiple pen orders may take longer.
*** Since every pen is hand-painted we can't guarantee exact design or color matches. Especially with marbling - the process is much harder to control. Also light colors are the hardest to marble, the wood shows through much more and the light colors may be difficult to see or make stand out.*
How much does international shipping cost?
International shipping starts at $14.50, with Canada being the exception (possibly lower rates to Canada)
How much does a custom pen cost?
Fully custom pens are $130 each.
How do I go about designing a custom pen?
Click the 'Request Custom Order' button, and please include the following information...
Type: Straight, right or left-handed oblique
Length: 5"-12" (or no preference will default to 8")
Shape: Please include a link or image of a specific shape you'd like, or specify no preference and we'll surprise you!
Design: Be as specific as possible. The more direction you give the better. Think of things like color, pattern, texture, scene, style, etc. Stretch the imagination, we love a challenge!
Flange Size: (obliques only) Large or small - both sizes are adaptable to fit any size nib (see video: https://www.instagram.com/p/BC5oHf3Mo8U/?tagged=ashbushholders)
Flange Color: Brass, Silver or Copper
How do I adjust an affixed flange to fit different nibs?
Just squeeze the flange in to fit small nibs, and pull it back out for larger nibs. See video: https://www.instagram.com/p/BC5oHf3Mo8U/?tagged=ashbushholders
How do I remove a non-affixed flange?
Non-affixed flanges are pinned in place, but not glued in. You can pull the flange out, it will require some force. It's okay if the pin doesn't come out, you'll be able to push the flange back in.
It's recommended to glue in your flange once it'd adjusted to your liking to prevent wobbling over time. You can do that with any super glue or epoxy.
I'm a beginner what do you recommend?
We recommend carrot obliques with affixed flanges for beginners. The short and fat carrot shape helps alleviate hand cramps, and train you to have a light grip and light hand while writing. It also gives you more control because more of the pen is being held in your hand. Oblique's can seem odd to work with at first, but are easier overall because the flange puts the nib at the 50 degree slant needed for calligraphy, instead of having to turn your paper and perspective to that angle. The affixed flange is more stable and prevents wobbling, altho an extremely heavy hand will cause wobbling no matter what.
What's a carrot?
A carrot is a short 5" pen with a thicker grip. The thick grip helps alleviate hand cramping and works to train your hand to have a light grip and light pressure. It also maintains more control than other pens because more of the pen is being held in your hand.
Do you make ergonomic holders?
No, we don't hand-carve any pens. The process is extremely tedious and time consuming and would result in our prices having to double. If you're looking for an ergo pen you should definitely look up Heber Miranda's holders, they're amazing: https://www.instagram.com/imheebs/
Does it come with a nib?
Fully custom pens, semi-custom Design Your Pens, and pens contained in a calligraphy kit come with a G nib. Colorful Carrots and Paint it Yourself pens do not.