I have spent a lot of time getting ready for this project, you would think that reversing the " putting pen to paper " into putting wood to pen should be fairly easy. As it turns out, its not. Selecting the wood for this was a major undertaking as there are more choices in wood than there are minutes in the day. I wanted a wood that is not only exotic and beautiful, but also distinctive. And then there was choosing the right style for the fixtures, again not an easy choice. With combinations I have selected I feel that there could be something for every one in this collection.
About the pens, each pen is available in your choice of gold, chrome, or gun metal hardware. Also, your choices of wood are Bocote, East Indian Rosewood, Lacewood, Black Palm, Olive,and Peruvian Walnut.
I use a very strong and durable, non toxic finish on every pen, so it is sure to give you a long life without loosing its luster. When the time comes that your pen runs out of ink, the refills for all of these pens can found at any office supply store and most of your big name retail stores.
The Slim and Stiletto pens use a Cross style refill, the Regal uses a roller ball or fountain pen refill depending on the style you've selected. The Pinnacle, Charleston, and Bolt Action use Parker style refills.
Unfortunately this one got left out of the video. This has become my go to pencil / pen in my shop. The Sketch has a wide body and is shorter than the other pens. Its perfect for craftsmen and artists, and whether you need a pen or a pencil, this one fits the bill. To change from pencil to pen just press the cap end and slide out the lead and replace with the pen cartridge. To sharpen the pencil lead the cap on the back of the pen unscrews and the cap is the sharpener. The Sketch comes with both the lead and the ink cartridge.
Bocote is brown with dark brown and almost black grain lines, which form striking patterns. Sometimes referred to as Mexican Rosewood, Bocote is widely used in high end furniture, guitars, boat building, and many other fine furnishings.
Unlike other trees called "rose woods" East Indian Rosewood is a true Rosewood. All genuine rosewoods belong to the dalbergia genus. Its found in Southeast Asia, Madagascar, and tropical America. After Brazilian Rosewood was listed as endangered, many guitar makers then started using East Indian Rosewood because of its beauty and durability. East Indian Rosewood is a strong and dense wood, stronger than Teak, which makes it highly sought after for fine furnishings also. It has a color range from a golden brown to a deep purpelish brown, often in a small area you can get the full range of color.
Black Palm is found on mostly in tropical Asia and Africa. This wood is very distinctive because of the black fibers in it. The Black Palm is neither a hard wood nor a soft wood and the strongest part of the trunk is the outer most part of the trunk where the highest concentration of the black fibers are found. This wood is harder to work than most others but the reward is this beautiful combination of light brown (or tan) and black streaks.
Peruvian Walnut is one of my favorites, it has a beautiful rich chocolate brown color that is much darker than the typical domestic Walnut trees.It doesn't have a lot of grain characteristics typically, but more than makes up for that with its color. The name is kind of misleading, Peruvian Walnut can found in most all of Central and South America, including Southern Mexico.
Lacewood comes from Northern Australia where it is known as Silky Oak, or Queensland Silky Oak. This wood, unfortunately, had been over harvested for a while and was no longer imported from Australia. Instead, a species from South America was imported in its place and carried the same name. After the trees began to flourish again, this beautiful wood became available to the US.
Olivewood comes primarily from the Mediterranean region. The color is tan with grey, black, and brown grain lines that form incredible patterns.
Risks and challenges
When dealing with exotic woods occasionally there are some that are difficult to find, however, there are many suppliers of these woods. Often after a few phone calls within your network, they can be tracked down fairly quick. The specific woods in this project were selected not only for their aesthetic qualities but also there availability to ensure the fulfillment of my obligations to my backers.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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