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Custom Pens

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Custom Pens

I have been working on making custom pens on and off for the past couple of years. With all the events cancelled this year I have made use of the time to refine the skills need for this. I am now starting to make custom pens that are of a standard I would be proud to sell. These will be limited in number as each one take many hours of work to complete. I will be making them from various types of acrylics but also from woods with acrylic inserts to hold the threads, as the wood is not stable...

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A new year new projects

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A new year new projects

After a very busy Christmas season it is about time I updated by Blog. Thanks you to all of my customers for making 2019 a very successful year. The Iroko wood featured in my Blog of June 2019 photograph, was taken from Phoenix Wharf Plymouth during the 2019 restoration in preparation for the Mayflower 400 celebrations in the city in 2020. The Emigration Depot in Plymouth was constructed in 1847. Phoenix Wharf was used from 1847 for over 50 years to allow the loading of passengers bound for a new life in America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The Emigration...

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New local wood

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New local wood

Not going to say too much for now, but wow this wood has some colour, both historically and physically.  Looking forward to letting you know more soon.

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Oblique dip pens

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Oblique dip pens

The Oblique Pen holder was especially designed for Copperplate writing. The oblique holder helps the nib point in the right direction for Copperplate writing. I am now able to make a range of these oblique dip pens to suit a variety of nib size and styles. I will be starting to make more over the next few months. Don't hang around too long as they are proving to be very popular already and demand is climbing quickly. As normal for me the pens will be made of local woods or woods with a historic connection, or in a few cases...

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GWR Autotrailer 169 Oak

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GWR Autotrailer 169 Oak

Watch this space over the next month and you will get to see some great new pens made from Oak taken from Great Western Railway Auto 169 built in 1928 and currently under restoration.   Lots more information to follow.

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