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Custom handmade wood turned pens made from salvaged whiskey barrels once used by the Jack Daniel's Distillery
Custom handmade wood turned pens made from salvaged whiskey barrels once used by the Jack Daniel's Distillery
424 backers pledged $21,552 to help bring this project to life.

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Handcrafted Wood Pens made from Reclaimed Whiskey Barrels

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Jack Daniel's is a brand of Tennessee whiskey and the highest selling American whiskey in the world. Each year, millions of barrels of whiskey are produced and sold. As part of the distilling process, the whiskey is aged in oak barrels.

The whiskey is aged in these barrels for 4 years. The used barrels are salvaged, the steel bands are removed, and the staves disassembled. Finally, the staves are cut into over-sized (7/8in. x 7/8in. x 5-1/4in. minimum) pen blanks.

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.

The initial goal for this campaign is simple. Raise $500 to be able to purchase the materials and equipment needed to create and ship all of the rewards for each of our backers.

UPDATE 02/15/2015: Our initial goal has been 100% FUNDED!

Stretch Goal $1,000: This goal will allow us to purchase a chainsaw to assist in the collection of the wood for our shop to make pens, bowls, platters, and other creations.

UPDATE 02/16/2015: Our $1,000 stretch goal has been REACHED!

Stretch Goal $2,500: At this level, we will be able to purchase the equipment needed to setup our own craft fair stand including chairs, tables, banners, and display cases.

UPDATE 02/22/2015: Our $2,500 stretch goal has been REACHED!

Stretch Goal $5,000: With the additional funding, we will be able to set aside a down payment to purchase an engraving machine to allow us to personalize our pens with customized messages.

UPDATE 02/24/2015: Our $5,000 stretch goal has been REACHED!

Stretch Goal $10,000: The garage that we use currently for our woodshop needs some repairs and updates. At this level, we will be able to replace the old windows and doors, install heating, and put on a fresh coat of paint.

UPDATE 02/28/2015: Our $10,000 stretch goal has been REACHED!

Stretch Goal $25,000: (We can dream right?) This goal would allow for the purchase of a truck for wood collection as well as transportation to and from craft shows.

This campaign has already allowed me to creatively use my (somewhat limited) woodturning skills to make a unique and interesting item that people will enjoy. Your pledges will allow me to continue my ambitions, fund additional projects, and purchase the tools and equipment needed to continue creating in the future.

I enjoy creating unique projects with a story. Each of the rewards for this campaign include an authentic piece of American distilling history. Included with each reward is a certificate of authenticity and a story that you can share with your friends.

Remember each item is handcrafted and unique! There may be variances in wood coloring and grain. Your particular keychain or pen may look slightly different than the one in the picture. If you would like more or higher resolution pictures of the rewards, please let me know!

$20 Reward: Wood Keychain

 $30 Reward: Slim Style Ballpoint Pen

$40 Reward: Slim Style Ballpoint Pen & Pencil Set

$50 Reward: Rollerball Pen

 $60 Reward: Fountain Pen

 $50 Reward: Bolt Action Ballpoint Pen

$200 Reward: Ultimate Handcrafted Bundle


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JACK DANIEL’S is a registered trademark and is not involved in or affiliated with the production or distribution of this product.

Risks and challenges

We have set an aggressive schedule for fulfilling rewards for our backers. One of the risks involved with that could be excessive participation causing a larger than expected number of items to create. We will do our best to meet or exceed the expectation of delivery for the rewards.

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    Thank you for your support! Pledge $1 to help us get the word out. We will keep you updated on the latest status of Whidden's Woodshop!

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    1 Reclaimed Whiskey Barrel Wood Pen Blank.

    Make a special gift for Whiskey lovers. Reclaimed Whiskey Barrel pen blanks are made from authentic Reclaimed Whiskey Barrel charred Tiger Oak whiskey barrels used for aging Old No. 7 whiskey.

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    1 Reclaimed Whiskey Barrel Wood Keychain

    This handmade tiger oak and 24kt gold plated keychain is more than it seems! It contains a secret built-in compartment perfect for hiding money, toothpicks, reminder notes and other small items. These keychains make great gifts for birthdays and graduations!

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    1 Reclaimed Whiskey Barrel Wood Keychain

    *Ships in May

    This handmade tiger oak and 24kt gold plated keychain is more than it seems! It contains a secret built-in compartment perfect for hiding money, toothpicks, reminder notes and other small items. These keychains make great gifts for birthdays and graduations!

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    1 Reclaimed Whiskey Barrel Wood Ballpoint Pen

    This handmade tiger oak and 24kt gold plated ballpoint pen is an exceptionally popular gift that never goes out of style.

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    1 Wood Ballpoint Pen

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    This handmade tiger oak and 24kt gold plated ballpoint pen is an exceptionally popular gift that never goes out of style.

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    1 Reclaimed Whiskey Barrel Wood Ballpoint Pen & Pencil Set

    Handmade tiger oak and 24kt gold plated matching ballpoint pen and pencil set. Includes certificate of authenticity.

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    1 Reclaimed Whiskey Barrel Wood Ballpoint Pen & Pencil Set

    *Ships in May

    Handmade tiger oak and 24kt gold plated matching ballpoint pen and pencil set. Includes certificate of authenticity.

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    1 Wood Ballpoint Pen & Pencil Set

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    Handmade tiger oak and 24kt gold plated matching ballpoint pen and pencil set. Includes certificate of authenticity.

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    1 Reclaimed Whiskey Barrel Wood Rollerball Pen

    This classic gun metal & 24kt gold rollerball pen makes a truly elegant writing instrument. It offers superior writing characteristics of the rollerball style with a cap that posts to the end. Plus, the gun metal and 24kt gold plating will give your pen a rich and luxurious look. Built for beauty and durability, this pen includes a balanced style and design.

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    1 Reclaimed Whiskey Barrel Wood Bolt Action Pen

    This completely original and irresistibly fun Bolt Action pen will be hard for any hunting or target-shooting enthusiast to put down. Every detail, from the one of a kind bolt action mechanism to the precision engineered components, was carefully designed to ensure uniqueness and reliability

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    1 Reclaimed Whiskey Barrel Wood Rollerball Pen

    *Ships in May

    This classic gun metal & 24kt gold rollerball pen makes a truly elegant writing instrument. It offers superior writing characteristics of the rollerball style with a cap that posts to the end. Plus, the gun metal and 24kt gold plating will give your pen a rich and luxurious look. Built for beauty and durability, this pen includes a balanced style and design.

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    1 Reclaimed Whiskey Barrel Wood Bolt Action Pen

    *Ships in May

    This completely original and irresistibly fun Bolt Action pen will be hard for any hunting or target-shooting enthusiast to put down. Every detail, from the one of a kind bolt action mechanism to the precision engineered components, was carefully designed to ensure uniqueness and reliability

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    1 Wood Rollerball Pen

    *Ships in June

    This classic gun metal & 24kt gold rollerball pen makes a truly elegant writing instrument. It offers superior writing characteristics of the rollerball style with a cap that posts to the end. Plus, the gun metal and 24kt gold plating will give your pen a rich and luxurious look. Built for beauty and durability, this pen includes a balanced style and design.

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    1 Reclaimed Whiskey Barrel Wood Bolt Action Pen

    *Ships in June

    This completely original and irresistibly fun Bolt Action pen will be hard for any hunting or target-shooting enthusiast to put down. Every detail, from the one of a kind bolt action mechanism to the precision engineered components, was carefully designed to ensure uniqueness and reliability

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    1 Reclaimed Whiskey Barrel Wood Fountain Pen

    This stylish and stately writing instrument includes a captivating magnetized cap. The cap posts instantly and securely on both ends of the pen, the long barrel provides a solid feel and smooth writing experience. Features a convenient spring clip, an elegant profile with a wider top and narrower bottom. Includes a premium Iridium nib.

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    1 Reclaimed Whiskey Barrel Wood Fountain Pen

    *Ships in May

    This stylish and stately writing instrument includes a captivating magnetized cap. The cap posts instantly and securely on both ends of the pen, the long barrel provides a solid feel and smooth writing experience. Features a convenient spring clip, an elegant profile with a wider top and narrower bottom. Includes a premium Iridium nib.

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    1 Wood Fountain Pen

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    This stylish and stately writing instrument includes a captivating magnetized cap. The cap posts instantly and securely on both ends of the pen, the long barrel provides a solid feel and smooth writing experience. Features a convenient spring clip, an elegant profile with a wider top and narrower bottom. Includes a premium Iridium nib.

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    1 Reclaimed Whiskey Barrel Handcrafted Bundle

    This reward includes 1 of each the following handmade items: keychain, ballpoint pen, rollerball pen, and fountain pen.

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    1 Handcrafted Bundle

    *Ships in May

    This reward includes 1 of each the following handmade items: keychain, ballpoint pen, rollerball pen, and fountain pen.

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    1 Reclaimed Whiskey Barrel Ultimate Handcrafted Bundle

    This reward includes 1 of each the following handmade items: keychain, ballpoint pen, ballpoint pencil, rollerball pen, fountain pen, and bolt-action pen. Also includes a fancy single black pen box for displaying your pens.

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    1 Reclaimed Whiskey Barrel Ultimate Handcrafted Bundle

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    This reward includes 1 of each the following handmade items: keychain, ballpoint pen, ballpoint pencil, rollerball pen, fountain pen, and bolt-action pen. Also includes a fancy single black pen box for displaying your pens.

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    1 Reclaimed Whiskey Barrel Ultimate Handcrafted Bundle

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    This reward includes 1 of each the following handmade items: keychain, ballpoint pen, ballpoint pencil, rollerball pen, fountain pen, and bolt-action pen. Also includes a fancy single black pen box for displaying your pens.

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Funding period

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