Pens with History

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Project by JohnGreco posted 07-21-2011 07:58 PM 1019 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Philadelphia Independence Seaport Museum was interested in carrying some of my work in their gift shop if I could tie it in to the museum. Since they have a lot of focus on the history of the Delaware River, I started looking for wood with a connection. I was lucky enough to find a local lumberyard that deals almost exclusively with salvaged wood, and they had 2 pieces of salvaged dock wood that was originally beneath the Walt Whitman Bridge.

The bridge underwent renovations in mid 90’s, which is when they got some of the dock wood. The 2 boards you see in picture 3 are the last pieces they had.

I was able to get 125 blanks from the wood (with a little bit left over for the inevitable Whoops!). The pens are being offered exclusively through the museum gift shop, and each comes with a maple box filled with Spanish moss and a serialized letter detailing the history of the wood.

The wood took a LOT of thin CA as it was being turned, but they really came out great. This is a picture of the 1st one of the initial 10 being delivered to the museum tomorrow. I’m pretty excited about getting the pens in there, and they are just as excited to have them. Always a great feeling when your work can excite somebody :)

Thanks for looking.

-- John

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#1 posted 07-21-2011 08:07 PM

As a Jersey boy originally, and now living a little west of the bridge, It is very cool to see this. And how cool is it to have your pieces in the museum store! My son loves that place, and I love the wooden boats on display. Kudos!

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#2 posted 07-22-2011 12:28 AM

Thanks, Andrew! They’ve cleared off the top shelf of their glass display case for the pens, so I’m really looking forward to getting in there and having it all set up.

-- John

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#3 posted 07-22-2011 01:57 AM

Wonderful opportunity, I am sure it will work out fine

-- Norman

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#4 posted 07-22-2011 02:52 AM

John, As another Jerseyite and a lover of all things history… That’s Awesome!!
The pens look great.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#5 posted 07-22-2011 03:29 PM

Thanks guys!

-- John

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