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About this project

Introducing....The Woodies. The world's first all wood body ball-point pen and pencil with a capacitive stylus combination. Handcrafted in elegant Rosewood and Maple.  

The Woodies are a result of my efforts to find an elegant and multi-purpose pen, pencil and capacitive stylus. I have a passion for collecting fine writing instruments and time pieces, better known as pens, mechanical pencils and watches. Scott Wilson of Minimal beat me to the watch concept and created an incredible product. I decided to concentrate my efforts on the pens and pencils. Thanks for the motivation Scott ;-)

iPhones, iPads and all touch devices are very popular right now. I spend a lot of time drawing, sketching and writing. My iPad is great but it requires a stylus which is not practical for everything like writing checks, signing contracts, ect. My dilemma was having to carry a pen, a pencil and a stylus. I wanted to consolidate my writing and drawing tools but I wanted something a little different than what was available. I wanted something that reminded me of my classic pen and pencil collection.

The writing instrument that I wanted didn't exist so I had to institute my own creative concept, "If i can't find it, I'll just design it". So, I set out to find a pen, pencil and stylus manufacturer to assist me in designing and creating the ultimate writing instrument. The result is the collection that I present to you here in my Kickstarter project. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

There is nothing like "The Woodies". They are handcrafted from Rosewood and Maple, hand polished to a high luster and complimented with chromed fittings.

How are they created?

The body of the pen and pencil is cut from a Rosewood or Maple hardwood dowel. The center core of the hardwood shell is drilled for the mechanical fittings. The triangular shape of the hardwood body is formed using a series of wood planers and routers. The final shape is hand sanded, polished and ready for assembly. The pen and pencil is completed with a custom capacitive tip. The unique triangular design allows the pen/pencil and stylus to sit comfortably in your hand while resting on the smooth wooden surfaces between your thumb, fore finger and index finger. Writing and drawing fatigue are virtually eliminated when using the Woodies.

The result is a beautiful Rosewood and Maple masterpiece.

The Kickstarter Special: The Ebony Woodies

The Ebony Woodies started out as a "Special Edition" pencil for this Kickstarter project. It quickly became one of my favorite designs. It is perfect for drawing, sketching and using with my iPad. The neatly concealed and easy to replace eraser is located under the capacitive tip. The eraser comes in handy for the occasional mistake. This handcrafted wood pencil also has the comfortable triangle design. The pencil is finished in a beautiful black lacquer which compliments the polished chrome fittings.This pencil/stylus is a rare combination. It is paired with a matching pen to create a one of a kind set. The pencil is also being offered in the rosewood and maple finish.

I didn't stop there. I also designed a modern "Executive" pen and pencil set. Each with a capacitive tip stylus.

The Executive pen and pencil set combines it's classic looks with the modern capacitive stylus combination. This set should be a favorite for design students and art professionals who enjoy having a pencil close by. Both the pen and pencil have a slightly over sized body that feels solid and balanced thanks to the all metal construction that is heat treated and finished in a high gloss black paint and chrome accents.

The pencil also has a concealed and replaceable eraser. My research shows that the "Woodies" and the "Executives" pencil/stylus combinations are the first of their kind in the world. They are also the first pen and pencil sets combined with a capacitive stylus. This is your chance to own not only a well designed and constructed writing instrument but also a interesting conversation piece.

There's one more thing!

Check out this incredible all aluminum stylus. It has the triangular shape that is CNC'd from aircraft grade aluminum. The aluminum body is slotted to prevent the silicone grip from sliding. The stylus is fitted with a capacitive tip.

We added a little "bling" to make this one really special. This stylus is topped off with a genuine Swarovski Crystal. How cool is that! This is a fun stylus for those that want a little extra style. The aluminum stylus is available in a black or silver finish. (The additional prototype colors shown below will be offered if I am able to meet my minimum funding amount).

Why Kickstarter? And why I need your support.

Kickstarter.com is a crowd funding source available to industrial designers, artist, inventors and all creative types. It would be hard if not impossible for an independent artist to get the exposure and funding needed to bring a new product to the marketplace using the traditional channels. Kickstarter makes it fun and offers those who are willing to support the projects a chance to get some great rewards before the items are available to the general public. Kickstarter also gives me the rare chance to gauge the response to my products before I commit to a large financial investment.

I have purchased the initial prototypes and samples that you see here in my project. Your support is welcome and appreciated to assist me in purchasing the materials, supplies and manufacturing time associated with producing these great pens, pencils and styluses. I have priced the items to reflect the quality, design and craftsmanship and to provide you with an outstanding and reasonable value. Your support allows me to do what I love and to bring well designed and fun products to you.

Please help me spread the word. Share this link and tell your friends, family and associates to come and support my project. Take some time and look at the pledge amounts and rewards located on your upper right. Every pledge brings my project closer to reality. I am confident that you will enjoy the rewards. The pens, pencils and styluses are covered by a lifetime replacement warranty for all Kickstarter supporters of this project. Feel free to contact me with any questions and comments that you have. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day.

The Rewards.

Visit this link to see a picture of the graphic that will be used on the back of the t-shirts. The front of the t-shirt reads: I KICKSTARTED THE WOODIES.

A special thanks goes out to Darin, Scott and all of the crew at Portenzo for providing the custom handmade iPad case that is featured in the main photos. Stop by and check them out. Tell them that the Woodies sent you.

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    A greatly appreciated "THANK YOU" for your part in kickstarting "The Woodies" pen and pencil/capacitive styluses.

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    A really cool capacitive MINI STYLUS. Designed for convenience and to keep the headphone jack on your phone and/or tablet dust free. (Approx. retail price will be $12.95) Shipping: USA - Included, Canada - add $5.00, International - add $10.00 to your pledge amount.

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    The "limited edition" I kickstarted the WOODIES T-SHIRT. Shipping: USA - Included, Canada - add $5.00, International - add $10.00 to your pledge amount.

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    Get the cool MINI STYLUS and the "limited edition" I kickstarted the WOODIES T-SHIRT. Shipping: USA - Included, Canada - add $5.00, International - add $10.00 to your pledge amount.

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    A one of a kind capacitive ALUMINUM STYLUS with a silicon grip and it's topped off with a little "bling". A real SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL. Get one while they last. Available in your choice of black or silver. Includes a black velvet storage pouch. (Approx. retail price will be $29.95). Shipping: USA - Included, Canada - add $5.00, International - add $10.00 to your pledge amount. *Lifetime replacement warranty with your Kickstarter pledge.

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    Your choice of one elegant WOODIE PEN/STYLUS. Handcrafted in ROSEWOOD or MAPLE. Includes a black leather carrying case. (Approx. retail price will be $44.95). Shipping: USA - Included, Canada - add $5.00, International - add $10.00 to your pledge amount. *Lifetime replacement warranty with your Kickstarter pledge.

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    Your choice of one elegant WOODIE PENCIL/STYLUS. Handcrafted in ROSEWOOD or MAPLE. Includes a black leather carrying case. (Approx. retail price will be $54.95). Shipping: USA - Included, Canada - add $5.00, International - add $10.00 to your pledge amount. *Lifetime replacement warranty with your Kickstarter pledge.

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    The EXECUTIVES, the first of it's kind pen and pencil set. Each writing instrument has a capacitive tip and all metal construction. Finished in a beautiful high gloss black paint with chrome trim. (Approx. retail price for the set will be $79.95). Shipping: USA - Included, Canada - add $5.00, International - add $10.00 to your pledge amount. *Lifetime replacement warranty with your Kickstarter pledge.

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    The WOODIES pen and pencil set each with a capacitive stylus. Handcrafted in ROSEWOOD or MAPLE. Each writing instrument includes a black leather carrying case. (Approx. retail price for the set will be $99.95). Shipping: USA - Included, Canada - add $5.00, International - add $10.00 to your pledge amount. *Lifetime replacement warranty with your Kickstarter pledge.

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    A "Special Edition" for Kickstarter. EBONY WOODIES pen and pencil set. Each elegant writing instrument has a capacitive tip and a handcrafted wooden body finished in black lacquer and chrome. Each writing instrument includes a black leather carrying case. (Approx. retail price for the set will be $124.95). Shipping: USA - Included, Canada - add $5.00, International - add $10.00 to your pledge amount. *Lifetime replacement warranty with your Kickstarter pledge.

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    (2 sets) of the EXECUTIVES, the first of it's kind capacitive pen and pencil set. Each writing instrument has a capacitive tip and all metal construction. Finished in a gloss black paint with chrome accents. (Approx. retail price for each set will be $79.95). Shipping: USA - Included, Canada - add $8.00, International - add $15.00 to your pledge amount. *Lifetime replacement warranty with your Kickstarter pledge.

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    (2 sets) of the WOODIES pen and pencil set each with a capacitive stylus. Handcrafted in your choice of ROSEWOOD OR MAPLE. Each writing instrument includes a black leather carrying case. (Approx. retail price for each set will be $99.95). Shipping: USA - Included, Canada - add $8.00, International - add $15.00 to your pledge amount. *Lifetime replacement warranty with your Kickstarter pledge.

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    (2 sets) The "Special Edition" EBONY WOODIES pen and pencil set and the EXECUTIVES pen and pencil set. Be the first to own both of these exclusive capacitive pen and pencil combinations. Each set includes a soft black leather carrying case. Shipping: USA - Included, Canada - add $8.00, International - add $15.00 to your pledge amount. *Lifetime replacement warranty with your Kickstarter pledge.

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    (2 sets) The WOODIES pen and pencil set in your choice of ROSEWOOD AND MAPLE and the "Special Edition" for Kickstarter, EBONY WOODIES pen and pencil set. Be the first to own both of these exclusive capacitive pen and pencil combinations. Each set includes a black leather carrying case. Shipping: USA - Included, Canada - add $8.00, International - add $15.00 to your pledge amount. *Lifetime replacement warranty with your Kickstarter pledge.

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    (2 sets) of the "Special Edition" for Kickstarter. EBONY WOODIES pen and pencil set. Each elegant writing instrument has a capacitive tip. A Handcrafted wood body finished in black lacquer and chrome. Each writing instrument includes a black leather carrying case. (Approx. retail price for each set will be $124.95). Shipping: USA - Included, Canada - add $8.00, International - add $15.00 to your pledge amount. *Lifetime replacement warranty with your Kickstarter pledge.

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    Retail/Corporate Gift Pack l. (25) All Aluminum Styluses with Swarovski Crystal in black and/or silver @ $20.00 each. Each stylus includes a black velvet storage pouch. Shipping: USA - Included, Canada - add $20.00, International - add $30.00 to your pledge amount. *Lifetime replacement warranty with your Kickstarter pledge.

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    (All 4 Sets) The Woodies pen and pencil set in Rosewood and a set in Maple. You also get The Executive set and the "Special Edition" Ebony Woodies pen and pencil set. A black leather carrying case is included with each set. Shipping: USA - Included, Canada - add $15, International - add $25.00 to your pledge amount. *Lifetime replacement warranty with your Kickstarter pledge.

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    Retail/Corporate Gift Pack ll. (25) Executive pen and pencil sets @ $55.00 per set. Each set includes a black leather carrying case. Shipping: USA - Included, Canada - add $20.00, International - add $30.00 to your pledge amount. *Lifetime replacement warranty with your Kickstarter pledge.

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    Retail/Corporate Gift Pack lll. (25) Rosewood and/or Maple Woodies pen and pencil sets @ $65.00 per set. Each set includes a black leather carrying case. Shipping: USA - Included, Canada - add $20.00, International - add $30.00 to your pledge amount. *Lifetime replacement warranty with your Kickstarter pledge.

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    Retail/Corporate Gift Pack Vl. (25) "Special Edition" Ebony Woodies pen and pencil sets @ $80.00 per set. Each set includes a black leather carrying case. Shipping: USA - Included, Canada - add $20.00, International - add $30.00 to your pledge amount. *Lifetime replacement warranty with your Kickstarter pledge.

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Funding period

- (40 days)