More 375 Year Old White Oak Pens - This time they STAND!

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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 03-16-2012 07:45 PM 1556 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Simple project – but still kinda cool right?

The question was what does one give out as a gift that nobody in their right mind would throw out? The second requirement is they REMEMBER who gave it to them. We start with a unique hand turned pen out of 375 year old quarter sawn white oak. NOBODY is gonna throw that out right?

Well putting your name on it would make it kinda tacky, so skip that and move on towards making a stand. The stand has to be useful, and has to be something anyone would put on display in the open. So we decided to make a few business card holder / pen stands. Can’t do it in oak, that’s just boring to have an oak pen and an oak stand so we decided to go with some nice figured American Black Walnut.

Next – nobody is going to put a stand full of OUR business cards on their desk, but they will keep a stack of THEIR business cards handy. So, we slapped our little brass plaque on the back face of the business card holder.

We now have an elegant gift that will serve to remind people just who gave it to them!

The pens are turned for us by Chuck Hill of “Pens from the Past” ... we’re planning on keeping him quite busy!

Look for a variety of these in different woods – we have some in osage orange in progress. We’re debating what to put as the little card backer for these maybe a blood red wood? Not sure yet – probably osage pens. Then we could go with rosewood pens. Who knows – we’ll be playing with an assortment of these for many years to come!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#1 posted 03-16-2012 09:08 PM

Neat, as you know I NEVER throw away ANY scrap.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#2 posted 03-16-2012 10:37 PM

Nice, even the smallest of pieces of wood will have a home given enough time and imagination.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#3 posted 03-17-2012 01:52 AM

The piece we made those bases out of was a chunk of walnut sitting around since 2008 when I made a Gothic dining set for delivery out to Austin. It was previously a block on my mortising machine and was oddly shaped and figured but we hadn’t had a use for the short piece.

SOOO – I sliced it up and look what it revealed!

The oak – well THAT’s valuable and we have all the scraps cut from the bible box project. Now if I could just get moving on the slabs … 8 of them sitting in storage!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#4 posted 03-17-2012 02:07 AM

Wow those all sure do look nice. Really like the business card holder and pen.

-- Craig, Waterloo,IA

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