|Project by Eric M. Saperstein||posted 03-16-2012 07:45 PM||1332 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
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 www.artisansofthevalley.com