This is a handmade fountain pen in Yew that grew at Thomas Hardy's home Max Gate.
Max Gate is the former home of Thomas Hardy, it is located on the outskirts of Dorchester, Dorset, England. It was designed and built by Thomas Hardy for his own use in 1885 and he lived there until his death in 1928. Here he wrote write some of his best-known works including Tess of the d’Urbervilles, Jude the Obscure and most of his poetry.
This handmade pen is made from Yew wood with gunmetal coloured fittings. It is has a traditional wax finish giving it a wonderful warm feeling allowing the wood to shine through. Each pen will vary as no two pieces of wood are quite the same. The pen photographed is not the one you will receive.
The pen takes a standard international ink cartridge or can use the included ink convertor to make use of bottled inks. It is approximately 130mm long and 15mm at the widest part. It will be shipped in the fully recyclable presentation box pictured. Also included will be a small slip giving details of the wood.
All pens are handmade by me beginning with rough cut woods for the body. The body of the pen is turned on a lathe to the final shape as seen on each pen. The body is then sanded, sealed, waxed and polished to its final finish. Assembly is completed by using pre-made high quality pen components for long lasting performance.
The wood for the pens was is collected as logs by myself. Cut to planks, then it was then then stored in a controlled environment to season for over four years. Now it is ready to be cut to a suitable size to make pens from.