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I am going to produce wands / pens / pen-wands and geeky things because they don't exist anywhere else and that is a shame.
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Pen Wand
Pen Wand

I want to make and sell something that I haven’t seen before, a really cool wand which is exceptionally made with fun features like secret compartments and a dip pen combined into the same object. The Wand Pen came about when a client who loves dip pens challenged me to make something really interesting. My first experience with wood turning was making wands in order to cosplay, changing the wand shaft for a dip pen seemed like an excellent idea at the time. As I developed the design I fell in love with the concept even more.

Pen wand 1
Pen wand 1

Let’s talk about the WAND PEN

The first thing you will notice about the wand pen is it just feels right. The ergonomics for the handle are inspired by a tool found in the Towneley Hall Museum’s fantastic collection. It’s a design that works and has stood the test of time. The pen part of the pen wand is designed to fit comfortably in the hand and will take all standard dip pen nibs. The secret compartment located in the pommel of the wand is spacious enough to hold a number of spare nibs or a small vile of ink. The pen part of the wand can easily be held within the handle whilst a nib is attached. All parts of the Pen Wand are finished to an extremely high quality to ensure your complete satisfaction.

Pen wand Pen focus
Pen wand Pen focus

 Did you know dip pens are the best pens?

It’s true, a lot of artists and calligraphers love to use dip pens. There are a lot of reasons for this. There have been many fantastic innovations in pen design, you can hold everything you need to write a note in your pocket and carry a biro but a dip pen gives you things modern day pens don’t. Dip pens are fantastic- I genuinely think they’re the bees knees. A dip pen allows the user to vary the thickness of the line or mark they're making just by applying more pressure or by traveling different speeds. Using a dip pen allows you to use lots of different inks really easily.
If you have a fountain pen chances are you have a fine writing instrument and you have my respect but you will not be able to change the ink you’re using as quickly as a dip pen user. Dip pen user only needs to wipe off the ink their using maybe dip the pen in water to ensure they have cleaned if properly, dry it and dip into a new colour. And there is a whole world of fun and exciting colours to dip into, some of them shimmer and they have shiny bits in them… They're amazing! The last reason I’m going to talk about here isn’t the end of the very long list of reasons dip pens are ace bit it’s the reason I love them. Using a dip pen makes you feel like you’re a wizard. Using a writing instrument like this really makes you sit back and enjoy the process of putting ink on paper. Making marks is just fun and makes people smile, more so if you write something nice and send it to someone via post. Very few people do this these days so it makes the times people do that bit more special. The feeling of using a dip pen is probably the best part of using a dip pen. (I could wax lyrical about how ace dip pens are but I think I should get on to other things I need to tell you about before you look at the rewards and click the I want one of these button)

 

Pen wand Nib
Pen wand Nib

Where you can help

I would love to share this idea with the world as it is something I am truly passionate about. The backing I receive here will help me with this. I am looking to show and sell the Pen Wands at conventions around the county and if I’m lucky enough the World. As it is at the moment a stall at a convention near me is £260 per table, there is also the cost of the wood, tools and (though I would love to say it is magic) the electricity to help make it all happen. The contributions I’m asking for will go towards funding the materials which is the wood and the pen nibs. Pen Wands are just one of the ideas rolling around in my head and I would love to expand and make more unique creations for people to enjoy. If you are interested in the Pen Wand or know anyone who might be please share the project and see where it can go. Thank you for taking the time to read this proposal.

Pen Wand on table saw
Pen Wand on table saw

 

Risks and challenges

I’m worried that my low goal of £100 would make people think I am not serious and don’t need funding. I have chosen the lowest goal which I can complete the project for because I like to be sure I can do what I plan to. £100 will pay for wood, nibs and consumables. I can set this low goal because I have already invested a lot into my workshop. This is a passion of mine, I love making things and I needed to invest to get really good at what I do. Funds above this £100 will help to improve tools and make the dip pen wand and other projects a viable business.

OK So I have limited the amounts to 20 of each. I would prefer to under promise and over achieve rather than risk disappointing backers. This is the reason I have set the estimated shipping date as November. I have given a longer time frame than I think will be needed purely to minimize the risk of disappointment. If the kick starter goes ridiculously well this time frame gives me a bit of wiggle room to train an apprentice to help fill the demand.

One thing that worried me when I started thinking about this project was packaging ... This is because I tend to make bespoke boxes for everything I make and the process of crafting individual one of a kind boxes is time consuming. Luckily I have discovered a wonderful product called poster tubes. For this product poster tubes are pretty magical in their greatness. This means packaging is no longer a big issue.

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    A thank you to you

    You want to buy me a sandwich? In exchange for your kindness I will mention your name or a small collection of words of your choice in my how to make the wand pen or awesome dip pen video.. (as long as the collection of words is at least somewhat tasteful) PS you get massive + points if at the end of the video you ask me to say happy birthday to someone, or something equally cool.. that would be a great use of something a bit fun.. .

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    Fun with badges

    Fun with badges. OK wand pens aren't for everyone but badges are awesome. They can transform a dull day into a fun day just by being there. I'm going to create some funky fun wizardry cool badges for the ace people who support the kick starter with this option.

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    Post card fun

    I get the feeling you like Post cards. Post cards and Badges. For £10 you get a collection of ace Post cards designed by the fantastic artist Kelly Angel at anythingcomic.com which will show how much better peoples lives are when they help kick start my idea of making ace things and a fantastic badge so people can see how cool you are.

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    A kick ass dip pen

    OK you might not be into wands Bet you like kick ass dip pens. I'll make an unbelievably pretty dip pen just for you. £30 is a steal seriously look around these things go for a ton and you don't get any more fun for your money.

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    A wand without the pen

    You like magic but don't like hand writing or drawing and bloody hate ink. Sounds like you want a wand without the pesky pen part. I got ya covered. You get the type of wand that only the most discerning sorcerer would want. Not only that but you get a few awesome bits thrown in for good measure. You know why? Because you my friend are a hero and heroes deserve awesome bits.

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    A slow dip pen

    If your not in a rush and want to help whilst getting a bargain you can save a few coins and still get a fantastic wand pen (woohoo).
    ~The only difference between these wands and the £80 ones is these are made at a leisurely rate after the more expensive versions have been made. Also I'm pretty sure one of the trees the wood came from for the more expensive versions once wore a monocle and a fake mustache with a hat made from birds nests and made all the other trees call him Lord Tree Mc Treeface (This tale has no provenance).

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    The executive pen wand

    You sir/madam have an executive pen wand heading over to you. I cannot say I don't envy you. Why? Because you're awesome. Did you know that people who buy pen wands are statistically better people than those who don't? You are my proof for this statement and you are awesome!

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    The double dip pen wand

    You're the Jedi of the wizard world, a true wonder of our age. Your wanting a double dip pen wand. Two wands one handle. I wouldn't want to get into a magic duel with you. It must be dangerous outside if your ordering one of these! You must know what your doing. Go and be amazing with your double pen wand. I cannot get over how bad ass you must be. Bravo!

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    A dip pen wand with all the trimmings

    The wand pen for the person who wants more. I like your style, the cut of your jib. You don't just get the wand pen you get an extra pen wand shaft. A shrewd move if I can be so bold as to observe. This is the option for the person who wants to really experience all the options, different types of dip pen which can be used to make the wand and be experienced as different pens with different characteristics. I sense greatness in you!

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    The supreme dip pen wand with more

    A dip pen wand, an extra pen wand shaft, a bunch of nibs, a great wand bag and a vial of ink all in a beautiful hand made box. This would make an amazing gift some someone special or something really nice to treat yourself to.

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    The super dooper dip pen

    This really is the ultimate! For £1,250 you get a one of a kind wand pen travel box hand made to store and protect your one of a kind wand pen. This kit will contain everything you need to use the dip pen including cleaning. Burnishing creams, waxes, a compartment to keep a wand bag so you can go confidently go into any gathering knowing your wand is the best.

    Also you get to be front of the queue so you get yours first. (you know.. in case you really really need an amazing wand pen straight away... And if you need it I can deduce its an emergency and a half)

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    The early bird dip pen

    The early birds dip pen is a beautiful handmade dip pen featuring zebra wood, black walnut, wenge and holly. For £10 you will be the envy of everyone.

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    The early birds dip pen wand

    You are quick off the mark. As a reward you can have a dip pen wand for £20

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    VIP dip pen wand

    Queuing is for suckaz. For just a few dollars more you get the VIP treatment. Front of the line for you. Literally the first Wand Pens off the lathe will go to the the first five people who pick this option. You also get VIP cards. Good ones.

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