MaineCrafted

Custom Made Hand Crafted Pens

Fairfield, Maine · 164 Sales

MaineCrafted

Custom Made Hand Crafted Pens

Fairfield, Maine 164 Sales On Etsy since 2015

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Michael Gifford

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Michael Gifford

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About

Crafting hand-made items in Central Maine

Welcome to my shop. I work in IT, but sometimes you just need to leave the computers and technology behind and MAKE SOMETHING. I love to work with wood and other materials, so I got into turning pens and other items. This is a great way to unwind and leave the bits and bytes to themselves.

I use equipment all the way from a 1940's era lathe up to a modern lathe and band saw. I love using vintage equipment--much of my tooling was inherited from my Grandfather and Father-In-Law, and I feel a connection to them when I use these tools--kinda like their spirit is in the tools.

So yes, I live in Central Maine, surrounded by 150 acres of trees. It's not uncommon to see deer, wild turkeys, chipmunks, squirrels and yes, the occasional moose wander through the yard. They call this "Vacationland" and I think they are right. The summers are hot and the winters can be tough (love our wood stove in the winter!) but I wouldn't trade it for anywhere else.

Back to my crafts--I make all my items one-at-a-time, so no two will ever be the same. I use natural materials when I can, some sourced from right in my back yard (like my pine cone pens). You'll never see any mass-produced, imported or sub-contracted items in my shop. I take however much time is necessary to craft my items to the absolute best of my ability. If it take all day (or a couple of days), that is fine with me. Anything worth doing, is worth doing right!

Thank you so much for visiting my shop and listening to my story!

Warmest regards,
Michael

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  • Michael

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    Hi there! My name is Michael and I personally hand craft all the items in my shop. I use equipment from a vintage 1940's lathe as wells as some newer tools. Much of my material is sourced from right here in Maine (some right from my back yard).

Shop policies

Last updated on April 14, 2017
Welcome to my shop. All items I offer are hand-crafted right here in Fairfield, Maine. All of my items are unique and are made one at a time in my shop. If you don't see exactly what you want, please feel free to contact me for custom orders.

Regards,
Michael

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All of my listed items are ready to ship. For now, I am only shipping to the United States via USPS.