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.
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.
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)
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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