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Wood Fountain Pens make a Perfect Gift

Updated on March 3, 2011

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No two wood fountain pens are identical

Most dedicated pen collectors, connoisseurs "in-the-know", passionate amateur lovers of fine writing instruments and all other aficionados of classic things can easily draw a solid distinguishing line between professionally manufactured, mass-produced, mechanically engraved and encrusted writing instruments, and hand-crafted wood fountain pens with personalized engraving. Such items are pure gems in the eyes of connoisseurs who treasure the delicate uniqueness of each of the crafted pens.

When you buy a pen from a world-renowned manufacturer like Sheaffer or Parker, you can't really expect to get a unique piece of art. With wood fountain pens hand-crafted by skilled woodturner it is a whole lot different story.

At times we simply miss the delicate craftsmanship. Most of us love the feel of the hefty customized wood fountain pen in our hands. The fact that it was exclusively made makes it all the more special.

You can communicate directly with the craftsman – talk face-to-face, discussing the rising problems and every aspect of the final design. You can order the material, the type and origin of wood (may come from India, Africa, Central America, etc), the nib, discuss texture and size, choose the filling mechanism (piston of converter), participate in designing the gift box, etc. That is, your input is significant at every stage of crafting the wood pen. And you are in control of every step, from developing the idea into the final piece of art to presenting it to someone you care for. With the help of a skilled craftsman who "feels" the wood and truly treasures the art of writing, you can materialize just about every idea, turn your vision of a dream fountain pen into reality!

If you choose a wood fountain pen as a gift to someone loved, a friend or a colleague, you may be 100% sure that your present will be like no one else's. It is nearly impossible to carve two identical pens from wood -- at least the texture pattern will be different on each piece.

Another great thing about personalized wood fountain pens is that people tend to care more for such fine writing instruments because of the uniqueness the latter possess. Every such pen intensifies the emotional ties, accentuates the personal attitude, signifies the strong friendship or respect, and lets everyone stand out from the crowd.

With the help of the Web, it is possible to find a skilled woodturner to do the job. Of course you should plan your order well in advance – a wood fountain pen can't be made in a hurry, it is a living material that needs special conditions to be prepared for crafting process. So if you think of presenting someone with a memorable gift, I suggest that you consider ordering a wood fountain pen.

Below I have posted pictures of wood fountain pens (with kind permission from Red River Pens) created by Don Ward whom you can contact and discuss anything related to making a perfect wooden pen: nib, type of exotic wood, platings, etc.

Curly KOA Fountain Pen

Curly KOA Pair: a fountain pen and rollerball made using curly KOA for the Hawaiian Islands.
Curly KOA Pair: a fountain pen and rollerball made using curly KOA for the Hawaiian Islands.
Snake skin Baron: These snake skin pens are unique. The pen is actually made from real rattlesnake skin and encapsulated in clear acrylic resin. The casting process is done by the artist.
Snake skin Baron: These snake skin pens are unique. The pen is actually made from real rattlesnake skin and encapsulated in clear acrylic resin. The casting process is done by the artist.

US Curly Maple Fountain Pen

US Flag: The wood is dyed curly maple. The stars are actually cut by a laser and  inlaid into star cut pockets. Yes, there are 50 stars. The stripes are also cut by a laser then glued together prior to turning.
US Flag: The wood is dyed curly maple. The stars are actually cut by a laser and inlaid into star cut pockets. Yes, there are 50 stars. The stripes are also cut by a laser then glued together prior to turning.

Piano Blackwood Fountain Pen

Piano:  This pen is made from African Blackwood with inlaid keys cut with a laser. The keys are made from holly.
Piano: This pen is made from African Blackwood with inlaid keys cut with a laser. The keys are made from holly.

Snake Skin Stylus Wood Fountain Pen

Snake Skin Stylus and Snake skin Stylus closed: This pen was featured in an article in a recent edition of Stylus magazine. This is a picture of the exact pen used for the article.
Snake Skin Stylus and Snake skin Stylus closed: This pen was featured in an article in a recent edition of Stylus magazine. This is a picture of the exact pen used for the article.

Snake Skin Pen (Open)

Snake Skin Pen (hi-res)
Snake Skin Pen (hi-res)

The possibilities for uniqueness are limitless when a skilled woodturner and artist does the job!

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      Eileen Hughes 9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Have to agree with you, they are really a creation. Especially if made in different types of wood. Thanks for sharing

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      charlemont 9 years ago from Lithuania

      Wood has been considered a sacred material by many ancient tribes and religions. And it is certainly 'warmer' and more live than plastics.

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      cjcs 9 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      Those are really attractive. I agree, there's something about wood that elevates a pen, even a fountain pen, from being just a tool. Thanks.

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      tomgriff45 8 years ago

      Quite a site with some beautiful pens, I think that these may be quite expensive. I found a site that has some very nice wooden fountain pens, they are also quite beautiful, just a bit more less flashy, more toned down. http://www.thebestwoodenpens.com

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      Fountain Pens 8 years ago

      I collect fountain pens for qute some time. Those are amazing. Wood is great material but not so commenly used in the Fountain Pen manifature.

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      HolyLandGifts 6 years ago from Vancouver

      Nice pens I sell Olive Wood Pens on one of my websites :), I like the snake kin pen most.

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      john okocha 6 years ago

      Sir,

      I am a craft man and i would like to sell my products in your establishment. I make Crafted Pen of different designs and they are of good quality. I believe my products are ok that's why i decided to contact you. Please let me know if this will work.

      Thanks

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      charlemont 6 years ago from Lithuania

      Hi john okocha, if you would like me to link to your website, that's OK. Just email me a couple of photos of your pens, I'll add them to this hub.

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      Rodger11 5 years ago

      The pens look beautiful but I'm quite fussy about the nibs I use, what points are available?

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      Larry Hemeon 5 years ago

      I sell near instrument quality tiger maple pen blanks as well as larger boards at competitive prices. For more information please contact me.

      Larry larryhemeon@yahoo.com

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