I started turning pens for my wife, romance writer Gina Wilkins, who loves pens and hand-turned wood items. She uses a slimline twist pen (pollyanna burl) in her checkbook, and enjoys writing with her collection of rollerball and fountain pens I’ve made for her in various exotic woods. My two daughters and my son also requested hand turned pen and pencil sets, and I’ve since made each of them several types of pens in various woods. My son-in-law enjoys writing with fountain pens, so I made him a Little Havana fountain pen of goncalo alves with rhodium (shiny silver). The pens have been a popular gift item and I’ve sold quite a few of them in a variety of woods – such as walnut, cherry, ebony, zebrawood, cocobolo, grenadillo, tulipwood and rosewood, just to name a few. Prices range from $40 and up for the slimlines ($70 and up for a pen and pencil set), depending on wood used, to $125 for rollerball and fountain pens in the most exotic woods. See my pens page for pictures of some of the pens I’ve made — each one-of-a-kind because of the natural variations in woods. They are available in titanium gold, black titanium and rhodium, with either threaded or smooth ends.


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