Hey everybody, my name is Dylan and thanks for checking out and supporting my first Kickstarter project! I've put in a lot of work making up the pens and learning about photography/ lighting to get ready for this project, so I really appreciate that you're taking the time to check it out!
Growing up with a dad who was both a firefighter and general contractor/property developer basically meant spending a lot of time on job sites. As soon as I could walk, I was hammering nails, cutting wood, and building anything I could think of. I've been making things with my hands ever since, and love it. A few years ago in High School, I studied cabinet making and basic wood design, but what I really fell in love with and gravitated towards was turning things on the lathe. I used every excuse I could to "have to" turn a piece on the lathe. I'd make spindles, for furniture, mallets, a bowl or two, and all kinds of other stuff. I still absolutely love creating things, especially on the lathe.
Why are you on Kickstarter?
I LOVE making things. A woodworker quickly learns, however, that you only need so many of what you make. That happened to me with making pens. While I love the process of making the pens, I don't need 50 of them, so during the school year I started selling some to pay for materials to make more. I've gotten a lot of very positive feedback and must admit, at this point I am very proud of my work. People love the look of the pens, but once they actually hold one, they can feel for themselves how truly solid and nice they feel in the hand.
So are you a professional woodworker in some fancy shop?
I wish! If I could, I'd make things all day long! I'm actually a student studying Engineering and in the summer I manage an aquatics facility and teach swim lessons. I may not have a nice big shop, but the quality of what I make speaks for itself! I'm hoping to set up a small shop with some more tools in my shed in the near future and hopefully this Kickstarter project can help me take a step in that direction, but as of right now, this is my makeshift outdoor shop on my back patio.
Beautiful and functional writing implements. Each pen, pencil, or stylus is meticulously hand turned by me, to my ridiculous standards. I make every pen very tediously and apply 15-20 coats of hard, durable CA finish to help strengthen and preserve the wood. They are then buffed with micro mesh pads up to 12,000 grit for a glass-like gloss finish. This finish is so glossy, it makes it very difficult to take good pictures of them. This finish isn't just for looks though, it helps harden and protect the wood from dings and scratches. Each pen is made and sent out by me personally, and I would never send out anything that I would not be happy with getting myself. If anybody isn't pleased with what they receive for any reason at all, please contact me immediately and I will make it right.
****NOTE- Everything comes with a gloss finish unless a matte finish is specifically requested in the Kick Starter survey.
There are 3 types of rewards:
Mystery rewards are a fun and easy way to back my project, get an awesome reward, and not have to make any decisions. I choose the wood and pair it with the kit finish that I think best compliments it. These pens are every bit as nice as their custom counterparts and I guarantee you'll love them.
Custom rewards allow the backer to custom build the pen of their choice. With a custom order, you select the hardware finish, and your choice of wood. Hardware finishes include 24kt. Gold, Gunmetal, Chrome, Satin (designer only), and Antique Brass (bolt action only). Custom orders are the best way to make sure you get exactly what you want. ONCE THE PROJECT ENDS YOU WILL RECEIVE A KICK STARTER SURVEY THAT LETS YOU CHOOSE YOUR WOOD AND HARDWARE FINISH SELECTIONS.
Bundle rewards are awesome for those interested in backing a little more and getting a little more back in return. You'll find that with bundles, your dollars definitely go further. These bundles are in limited supply and you know that these wont last long. ONCE THE PROJECT ENDS YOU WILL RECEIVE A KICK STARTER SURVEY THAT LETS YOU CHOOSE YOUR WOOD AND HARDWARE FINISH SELECTIONS.
All Hardwoods have been kiln dried. None of these woods are stained, dyed, or stabilized (except Black Palm).
Black Palm- Native to Southeast Asia, black palm is has a very stringy consistency, and because of this must be stabilized. Despite it behind a pain to turn, black palm produces a very unique combination of brown grain with large black fibers running through it.
Bocote- Native to Mexico and Central America, Bocote is a golden brown to yellow wood with straight to swirling dark contrast grain
Birdseye Maple- A rare variation of sugar maple, it has distinctive pattern that looks like tiny eyes in the otherwise smooth grain. Birdseye is a very holographic wood and the grain can appear to change as the pen is rotated
Chakte Viga- From Mexico, Chakte Viga is pale to reddish- orange and usually has a straight grain, but can on occasion be interlocked
Cocobolo- From Mexico and Central America, Cocobolo can come in a large variety of colors. From reddish-brown to yellowish- brown, and sometimes even purplish. Absolutely beautiful grain figures
Ebony- A beautiful mostly black African hardwood with occasional streaks of brown.
Holly- A seldom seen domestic hardwood that ranges from white to ivory. Holly has very little visible grain pattern.
Oak- This classic domestic hardwood is as old-school as they come. Beautiful brown wood with straight coarse grain.
Purpleheart- Its hard to believe this Central/ South American hardwood isn't dyed! That makes this beautiful, naturally occurring Purple wood a very popular choice.
Zebrawood- This African hardwood gets it's name from the dark streaks that contrast the creamy light brown wood.
These woods were all stabilized in order to make them workable, but none of these are dyed or stained.
Spalted Tamarind- Native to tropical Africa, the Tamarind's sapwood is a beautiful creamy yellow with erratic black streaking.
Curly Koa- Koa is a species of Acacia endemic to the mountains of Hawaii. This reddish to golden brown wood can have a highly holographic grain that appears to change as the pen is rotated.
Spalted Hackberry- This domestic hardwood has a tan to light brown color with black and gray contrasting grain.
Black Ash Burl- A beautiful light to medium brown wood with very tight dark burls.
Spalted Tiger Oak- A nice tan domestic hardwood with irratic black grains and patterns. This is one of my personal favorites.
Maple Burl- A domestic hardwood that's medium to deep brown with beautiful and wild swirling grain patterns.
Box Elder Burl- A domestic hardwood with an unbelievable natural burl. The creamy wood has a stunning unpredictable figure with a classy marble-esque feel.
COLORED BOX ELDER BURL:
Box Elder Burl is beautiful wood... Once cut into blanks, the wood is submerged in colored dye and placed inside a vacuum chamber. When the wood is in the vacuum, all of the air gets sucked out of the wood, which pulls the liquid dye in. Because the box elder's burls vary greatly in density, the wood is stained darker or lighter in different areas, which creates the awesome effect you see in the picture above.
Available Colors: Red, Blue, Turquoise, Yellow, Purple, Brown, Green, and Teal.
Trimline Pen or Pencil
Bolt Action Tec Pen
Majestic Jr. Rollerball Pen
***Not all items come in all of the hardware finishes above. Check photos above to see the available finishes.***
All refills are available at you local stationary store or Office Depot. Better ink options and colors are available online.
I ship all of my pens, pencils, and styluses Priority mail, in boxes. In addition to the padding I put inside the boxes, each pen is individually protected by a plastic pen tube. Obviously all shipping is included.
Well, thanks for checking out my first Kickstarter project everybody! I'm looking forward to having you as a backer and making you an awesome pen!
Risks and challenges
Every project involves risks, but the level of risk for anything going wrong with this project is very low. The only real problem that could occur after funding is not being able to get a specific wood species immediately or if the pen kits that I need are out of stock from my supplier. If this happens, its possible that the reward dates will need to be pushed back until I can get the supplies to complete the orders.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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