Anxiety is a funny thing. It affects different people in different ways, and people have different ways of coping with it. One of the ways I deal with my anxiety and stress is by making pens on a lathe. And even better, my son has discovered that this helps him as well. He has discovered that after a difficult day at school, he can get on a lathe to creatively take out his frustrations. There is no one hovering over him like he feels at school, and no grades to worry about. He even likes to wear the hearing protection to escape to the silence that they provide.
Unfortunately, we do not have a lathe at home. Right now, we are able to use the neighbors shop, but, as I am sure you can understand, this is not real convenient for either them, or for us.
We are starting this Kickstarter in order to get ourselves some equipment of our own. A drill press to drill out the centers of the pens, a band saw to get the wood to the proper size and shape, and a lathe to actually turn the pen blanks to an actual pen.
We like to walk around our neighborhood, and we have noticed a lot of our neighbors have been removing some of their trees. I have taken some of these trees and cut them down to size and made a couple of pens from them already. Many of the branches are not large enough, or more to the point, straight enough, to make a pen by themselves, but by making a form, and putting the branch in with some epoxy resin, they are able to make some very nice looking pens. Our rewards for supporting us include pens made with these types of pen blanks.
While I like the pen blanks that we have made with this found wood, I understand that not everyone has the same taste as I do. With this in mind, we are also offering the following types of wood for your pen (they do have an additional charge since I would have to purchase them):
Bloodwood (+$5.00) Padauk (+$5.00)
Bubinga (+$5.00) Purpleheart (+$5.00)
Cherry (+$5.00) Walnut (+$5.00)
Mahogany (+$5.00) Yellowheart (+$5.00)
Zebrawood (+$5.00) Pinecones in resin
If you would prefer your pen to be made from one of these alternate woods, please let me know and we will be happy to make that for you. If you have a resin color in mind, let me know that as well, and I will do what I can to accommodate that as well.
Risks and challenges
The risks of this project are pretty minimal. We are able to get a lot of wood for free just walking around, and our neighbor has told us he will assist in making the pens if necessary to help fulfill the rewards.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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