|Project by Eric M. Saperstein||posted 12-29-2011 11:07 AM||1103 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
A really simple but amazingly unique project – mainly because of the material. We can say it is from a 375 year old white oak tree harvested from a very famous client. We just can’t reveal the client (Yet) ...
The Pens were made for us by Chuck Hill of “Pens from the Past.” – Chuck specializes in finding unique material with historic or local value. We figure on helping him find material in our scavenging efforts. Since we seem to have lots of scraps from our projects with this 375 year old white oak, we’re hoping to have a series of these pens run with different kits.
It should be interesting to see what we can turn otherwise scrap into! Pens seem like a logical idea. I’m half tempted to go pickup all the presses and toys to make them myself but among the few thousand other projects I have on the board right now I’d just never get to it.
I’m learning more and more that having an array of artists with different skills and dispersing out tasks to those who specialize or enjoy something specific ends up being far more efficient and the results are usually better.
One of these pens is the first of what I decided will be a collection including a pen made from every known tree, shrub, bush, or otherwise stick like plant material that can be turned into a pen. Of course in all forms including a strait normal wood, spalted, burl, curly, crotch, whatever else we can come up with that distinguishes a reason for another pen.
Off I go on yet ANOTHER expensive collecting quest … ugh … this obsessive personality gets annoying after a while. I’m planning to design a custom pen display rack shortly to show off this collection. Just have to figure out how many the first rack should hold.
Anyone know how many possible pens there are to be made under the above listed specs for materials?
-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com