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The Holden Series - Rebuilding after the Chicago Fire.

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In 1872, in an effort to help Chicago rebuild after the fire gutted the city in October 1871, Charles Holden commissioned the CCP Holden Building. As the president of Chicago's City Council he was also instrumental in coordinating the entire city's efforts to bounce back.

The top floor and masthead of the CCP Holden Building.
The top floor and masthead of the CCP Holden Building.

Today the CCP Holden building (1027 W. Madison) is a fixture in the west loop, and a registered landmark. We were lucky to come across a few large douglas fir boards that were removed during a recent renovation, and we're putting them back to work by incorporating them into a limited edition writing instrument.

The design for the Holden series is inspired by the Chicago Skyline. The pen is made with reclaimed douglas fir from the CCP Holden building, framed by reclaimed walnut barnwood.
The design for the Holden series is inspired by the Chicago Skyline. The pen is made with reclaimed douglas fir from the CCP Holden building, framed by reclaimed walnut barnwood.

About us:

I'm Chad - the founder of Allegory Handcrafted Goods Co. We're a small wood and leather shop located just outside of Chicago. Our work is dedicated to bringing meaning back into the objects we carry every day through thoughtful design, excellent craftsmanship, and materials with a story. Our current product line contains several writing instruments with reclaimed woods, some of which are very old - but working with historic woods is always special for us. This one, quite literally, hits close to home.

Our process: 

Here is a closer look at the process that will be used to make the Holden Series.

 The Holden Series

The cap pulls off and presses on either the front or back of the pen with a surprisingly satisfying click.
The cap pulls off and presses on either the front or back of the pen with a surprisingly satisfying click.
The tip unscrews to easily replace the refill.
The tip unscrews to easily replace the refill.
The serial number is engraved just above the Allegory logo, mirroring the building's masthead. We will begin the numbering at 1872.
The serial number is engraved just above the Allegory logo, mirroring the building's masthead. We will begin the numbering at 1872.
The Schnieder topball 850 offers a world class writing experience.
The Schnieder topball 850 offers a world class writing experience.

Limited edition

We will only produce 500 of these. Ever. Each one will include with a hand numbered and signed certificate of authenticity. We will start the number at 1872 to commemorate CCP Holden building and the city's rebuilding efforts after the Chicago fire. If there is a specific serial number you would like, feel free to send us a note. We can't guarantee that we will be able to accommodate those requests - our first priority is getting your rewards to you as quickly as possible and hand picking numbers adds a substantial amount of complexity to the fulfillment process.

Thank you

Your support means the world to us. We're chasing a dream - and that dream is fueled by people like you sharing it with us.

Risks and challenges

Given that we are making all of the rewards in house, by hand, our challenges are very different than most projects. While many products are on Kickstarter so they can meet minimum order quantities from their manufacturer, we are here so that we can purchase equipment and materials we need to make The Holden Series.

Handcrafted work generally carries the same advantages and disadvantages:

Advantages
We are able to prototype quickly, and modify our process between small batches to improve quality and meet our deadlines. We can also rely on our craftsmen for solutions to minor problems, as opposed to halting a production line. All this means that rewards will start shipping immediately, and shipments will only get bigger each week as we refine our processes.

Disadvantages
The biggest disadvantage is that we can't scale for large quantities by simply ordering more from our manufacturer. We will manage this by keeping you informed of progress and timelines. We also work hard to meet any needs for early shipment due to special occasions like birthdays or holiday gifts.

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    Holden Series Pen - A handcrafted pen from the Holden Series, engraved with a serial number. Number matched and signed certificate of authenticity.

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