MargisonWoodworks

Wood Pens & Things

Downers Grove, Illinois | 69 Sales

MargisonWoodworks

Wood Pens & Things

Downers Grove, Illinois 69 Sales On Etsy since 2015

5 out of 5 stars
(18)

Announcement   OUR SHAWSHANK OAK PENS ARE SELLING VERY FAST! THEY ARE NOW 50% OF CRAFT SHOW SALES. THE WOOD IS FAST BEING USED UP (IT IS ONLY 1 TREE, AFTER ALL) AND FUTURE SUPPLY IS UNCERTAIN. I HAVE MADE A LARGE PURCHASE OF THE WOOD BLANKS TO SUPPORT MORE PENS, BUT IF YOU WANT ONE FOR CHRISTMAS, BUY NOW OR CUSTOM ORDER FROM ME ASAP. I WILL BE MAKING MORE AS THE SEASON PROGRESSES SO IF THE ONE YOU WANT IS OUT OF STOCK MESSAGE ME AND I CAN MAKE ONE FOR YOU, OR JUST CHECK BACK IN A WEEK OR TWO AND IT MAY BE IN STOCK AGAIN.

FREE SHIPPING! Shipping to U.S. addresses is now free. Just one more way we want to make shopping for your pen easier and more attractive!


And if that wasn't enough, we can NOW DO LASER ENGRAVING ON PENS! Since that is a custom addition to a standard pen please send us an email or conversation here to start a dialog on pricing and what pens and woods can be engraved.

Announcement

Last updated on Nov 29, 2018

OUR SHAWSHANK OAK PENS ARE SELLING VERY FAST! THEY ARE NOW 50% OF CRAFT SHOW SALES. THE WOOD IS FAST BEING USED UP (IT IS ONLY 1 TREE, AFTER ALL) AND FUTURE SUPPLY IS UNCERTAIN. I HAVE MADE A LARGE PURCHASE OF THE WOOD BLANKS TO SUPPORT MORE PENS, BUT IF YOU WANT ONE FOR CHRISTMAS, BUY NOW OR CUSTOM ORDER FROM ME ASAP. I WILL BE MAKING MORE AS THE SEASON PROGRESSES SO IF THE ONE YOU WANT IS OUT OF STOCK MESSAGE ME AND I CAN MAKE ONE FOR YOU, OR JUST CHECK BACK IN A WEEK OR TWO AND IT MAY BE IN STOCK AGAIN.

FREE SHIPPING! Shipping to U.S. addresses is now free. Just one more way we want to make shopping for your pen easier and more attractive!


And if that wasn't enough, we can NOW DO LASER ENGRAVING ON PENS! Since that is a custom addition to a standard pen please send us an email or conversation here to start a dialog on pricing and what pens and woods can be engraved.

Steven Margison

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About

It's all about the art

Wood. A beautiful natural resource in an almost infinite variety of colors and textures. For over 50 years I have been a hobbyist woodworker making everything from utilitarian shelves in a basement to a wonderful custom desk that I use every day. I have always enjoyed making something from nothing, and making it look nice as well. By trade I'm an engineer in the high tech world (now retired) and a theatrical technical director (very active right now).

But I was running out of things to make with wood. I had most major power tools except a lathe. What could I make with a lathe? I had a wood pen that I liked very much, but I decided if I got a lathe to make pens I'd make 2 or 3 for myself and family and never do anything again.

Then I realized I could open a small internet-based "store" and sell my pens! I could make many of them, using different styles and woods, and let my creative side reign. And so I did.

Will I ever get rich doing this? Not when measured in money, but the satisfaction of turning out another new pen in another new wood is very rewarding. I'm addicted to this. I see new pen styles from my suppliers and I want to make one or two just to see how they come out. I have forced myself to limit my pens to about 40 styles, but that limit keeps getting moved! Yes, I'd like to make a few bucks on this (have never recovered my costs yet!) but the REAL pleasure is when a new owner oohs and aahs over the look and feel of a fine writing instrument that I created. The smile is my paycheck.

I do make pens with acrylics, but I prefer wood. I like the texture of the wood, which is why I use wax/shellac polishes instead of cyanoacrylate (plastic) finishes. The CA finish gives durability and gloss, but the pen then feels like plastic, not wood. I want my pen to warm in the hand as only natural wood can do. I want that textural feel of wood, not the feel of plastic.

My clients are discerning individuals that appreciate art and function, and revel in the same sensual feel of wood that I experience. I have more pens than I have on Etsy, so please message me with your wishes and I'll see what I can do. I can also send a link to an online catalog which is (usually) up to date.

If you like fine things, enjoy holding a nice pen, or just having a beautiful desk ornament (yes, people collect pens just for the visual appeal) I am here to help you.

A fine pen is jewelry for your words.......

Thank you for visiting my store!

Steve Margison, November 2017

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  • Steven Margison

    Owner, Maker

    After 40 years of software engineering and as Dir. of Information Tech. for an IL movie theatre chain, I "retired" and indulged my passion for woodworking. I am also the Technical Director for the historic Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove, IL.

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Last updated on Aug 22, 2017
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

I will attempt to fulfill any custom order as long as I can get the materials needed. Price of custom orders may be higher that "stock" items depending upon material costs, manufacturing time, and any extra shipping costs I incur to obtain materials. For custom orders it is best to request a quote of price and shipping time.

Care instructions

Pens with acrylic bodies need no special care, but some chemicals can attack plastics so any solvent should be avoided. For wood pens, treat the wood as though it were a fine piece of furniture. Avoid getting it wet with any liquid other than a nice polish. Wood can be cleaned with good wood cleaners and re-polished with a good wax furniture polish and a soft cloth. Expect the wood to change color and texture over time and use. That is the nature, and beauty, of a natural product!

Gift wrapping and packaging

I cannot gift wrap, but I do have gift boxes of various types available at a modest cost. If this is needed please contact me for prices and styles. Generally, pens over $40 will come in a felt drawstring bag, and pens under $40 will come in a soft protective pouch.

Wholesale availability

If you want a quantity of pens for a special event (weddings!) or a company program (Christmas gifts!) please contact us to arrange a quote and select a pen style. We welcome wholesale orders for any reason, including sales to retail stores. Our normal pricing is very "close to the edge", but we can and will do our best to give you the best price we can.

How do you ship?

US Priority mail small box. If a product is in stock we do our best to get it in the mailbox the same day as ordered, which usually means two business day delivery.

Ink for the fountain pens

If you decide to use bottle ink for our fountain pens, it can be obtained at fine office supply stores or Amazon. (Well, you can get anything at Amazon, right?) Places like WalMart or Target will not have a specialty item like this.

Ballpoint refills

Our full sized ballpoint pens use either Cross or Parker refills, depending upon the style of the pen. These refills are available almost everywhere, or on Amazon of course. Some of the pens using Parker refills can use Parker gel refills instead, as long as the dimensions of the refill are the same. For the "mini" pens like the MiniBolt and MiniDuchess, the refills are available from office supply stores under either the Zebra or Foray brands.

How about that white part on the mini pen refills?

That white part attached to the mini refill is NOT a part of the refill, it is a part of the pen! If you discard or break it, the pen is not salvageable because I cannot obtain only that part for replacement. Make sure you pull it off the old refill and place it on the new one. Then, you can adjust how far the tip of the pen extends by how far the white part is pressed onto the refill.

I have wood

If you have a piece of wood from which you would like a pen made, MAYBE I can do it. The wood has to be dry -- very dry. If it is still green or very resinous it cannot be used. Also, some woods do not take to the lathe very well -- they shred or crack. If you have a piece of wood you want to use, please message me with the kind of wood and how long it has been drying; i.e., cut down. I will decide if the wood is usable and quote you a price. The larger the piece of wood the more expensive it will be since I will have to cut into it and find the "sweet spot" of the wood. In any event, once the wood is in my hands I will decide if it is a doable project or not. If not, there will be no costs on your part.