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Handcrafted wood pens for every signature, sketch, & scribble. Select your choice of sustainable exotic or reclaimed domestic woods.
Handcrafted wood pens for every signature, sketch, & scribble. Select your choice of sustainable exotic or reclaimed domestic woods.
170 backers pledged $7,119 to help bring this project to life.

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Exquisite Ink: Fine Handcrafted Wood Pens

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A portion of the profits from this campaign will go to the Nepal: Emergency Earthquake Relief fund through Action International.

There's something about the feel of a good pen. The weight in your hand. The solid wood between your fingers. The classy contrast of exquisite ink on a page.

The goal of our campaign is to bring you stylish and stately hand-turned wood pens for every signature, sketch, and scribble. To allow you to be inspired while writing your grocery list or unlock your imagination while doodling in a journal.

Whether your style is bold, artistic, or grand, this collection offers a style that suits every situation with the extra touch of customization by allowing your own wood selection.

The Grantham: A gift-worthy, gorgeous, and grand fountain pen. Comes in your choice of wood. Wrapped in gold and chrome, its cap magnetically posts to either side for convenient storage. Truly a delightful instrument for any writing enthusiast.

The Monroe: A mighty, majestic, and magnificent rollerball pen. Comes in your choice of wood. The unique design features a cap with black enamel over brass that will creatively coordinate with any accessory.

The Avon: An acclaimed, awesome, and artistic pen that comes with your choice of rollerball or fountain tip. Comes in your choice of wood. The brushed satin light-weight pen top and lustrous etched chrome will be sure to get glances while you are sketching in the park.

The Nyack: A noteworthy, nifty, and noble ballpoint pen. Comes in your choice of wood. The precision-cut knurled finish diamond pattern on the grip and end cap provides a comfortable feel and writing experience.

The Bouchelle: A bold, bright, and beautiful ballpoint pen. Comes in your choice of wood. With its streamlined look, striking black components, and smooth twist mechanism it will surely complement any executive's desk.

The Pearl: A pleasant, peachy, and petite ballpoint pen. Comes in your choice of wood. This miniature beauty is great for small hands and is ideal for pockets and purses.

Wood Selections: All of the Exquisite Ink pens are hand crafted from exotic woods. You will be able to select your wood variety once the surveys have gone out after the campaign is completed. Your choices are (from left to right):

  • Padauk
  • Goncalo Alves
  • Purpleheart
  • Cocobola
  • Zebrawood
  • Bloodwood

Stretch Goal 2 reached! UNLOCKED:

  • Ebony
  • Tulipwood
  • Salvaged Koa

NEW: Additional salvaged and reclaimed wood varieties unlocked at Stretch Goal 2.5 ($7500).

Each of our pens comes packaged in a sturdy, windowed box with magnetic closure. Great for display as well as a good way to protect your pens.

Stretch Goal 1: All of the Exquisite Ink pens come with black ink. If $3,000 is reached, you will have the option to choose black, red, or blue ink.

Stretch Goal 2: Reaching the $5,000 mark unlocks three new premium wood varieties. In addition to the standard woods listed above, you will have the option to choose from Koa, Tulipwood, and Ebony.

NEW Stretch Goal 2.5: Reaching the $7,500 mark unlocks three new reclaimed/salvaged domestic wood varieties. In additional to the standard and premium woods, you will also be able to select from the following options:

  • Reclaimed Walnut
  • Reclaimed Birch
  • Reclaimed Maple

I will update with pictures of the wood and the stories behind them within the next few days.

Stretch Goal 3: Unlock a free leather pen pouch once the campaign reaches the $10,000 mark. One pouch per backer.

About Me

My great grandfather, Stephen Ernest Whidden, was a carpenter. He ran a carpentry shop along with Mr. Decatur and Mr. Smith on the northeast corner of Broad Street and Lincoln Terrace in Peekskill, New York back in the 1920s. My grandfather, Ernest Richard Whidden, built airplanes for a living, but in his spare time he enjoyed carpentry.

Inspired by their legacy, I decided in 2014 to begin learning about woodworking. I purchased a lathe and began to make woodturned projects such as pens, keychains, winestoppers, and bowls. As I continue my journey, I intend to master my skills and produce both functional pieces and fine art.

About the Wood

One of the motivating factors at our woodshop has always been using reclaimed, salvaged, and sustainable wood sources. For the most part, I collect my own wood or purchase it from local salvage companies.

The exotic woods that I will be using in this campaign are purchased from a local lumber company that procures their wood from sustainably harvested sources.

All of the domestic woods are reclaimed or salvaged. The Koa wood used in this campaign was saved from the discard bin at a local lumber company.

Why Kickstarter?

Initially, pen making started out as a hobby. It has grown from that and turned into a full time family business. We currently run an online Etsy shop and sell items locally, but that isn't enough to provide for our growing family of 6 (and 2 cats).

Kickstarter allows for global exposure and creates permanent relationships with people who are passionate about what we create and also with potential retail buyers.

Our goal for this campaign is to raise enough funds to fulfill all our rewards, purchase additional equipment for our shop, and to provide for monthly expenses for our family.

Bubbas, my helper cat. Apprentice wood turner and pen aficionado.
Bubbas, my helper cat. Apprentice wood turner and pen aficionado.
If you like charts, graphs, and statistics as much as I do, click on this link to check out our progress and projections!
If you like charts, graphs, and statistics as much as I do, click on this link to check out our progress and projections!

Risks and challenges

While every project has risks and challenges, we have carefully thought out most aspects of our campaign.

One possible risk would be availability of the various woods we are using in the campaign. Since we already have a good supply of each type of wood and have a local supplier that provides us with responsibly harvested lumber, I don't see this as being a problem.

The biggest challenge that we may face is demand. If we have a high demand, we will have to spread out our fulfillment over a longer period of time. We will clearly communicate any changes to scheduled fulfillment if it occurs.

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    Whidden's Woodshop tote bag.

    Show your support of our woodshop with a reusable and recyclable tote bag. Great alternative to plastic bags.

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    Secret Compartment Keychain

    Wood keychain with a hidden compartment for toothpicks, pills, money, or whatever. Comes in your choice of wood.

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    The Pearl - Ballpoint (Early Bird)

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    The Bouchelle - Ballpoint (Early Bird)

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    The Nyack - Ballpoint (Early Bird)

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    The Avon - Rollerball or Fountain (Early Bird)

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    The Monroe - Rollerball (Early Bird)

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    The Grantham - Fountain (Early Bird)

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    The Atlas Collection

    One of each pen in the collection including the Pearl, the Bouchelle, the Nyack, the Avon (fountain OR rollerball), the Monroe, and the Grantham. Each comes in your choice of wood.

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    The Globe Collection

    The ultimate handcrafted bundle. All of the pens pictured in the campaign including nine of the Pearl (one in each wood variety), and two each of the Bouchelle, the Nyack, the Avon (one fountain and one rollerball), the Monroe, and the Grantham. A total of 19 pens.

    Along with these pens, we are including a beautiful solid rosewood display case that shows 12 pens under a glass lid and12 pens in a drawer.

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