|Project by JohnGreco||posted 07-21-2012 04:26 PM||1752 views||2 times favorited||11 comments|
I’ve been fortunate enough to have an opportunity to work with some really cool, historic wood lately. The most recent is this piece that dates to ~1740. It came from the Cedar Bridge Tavern, a site some historians believe may be the last battle of the American Revolution.
The wood came to me spongy and flaking apart. The inner wood was only slightly better once I cut some blanks from the larger board, but overall “punky wood” would probably not really come close to describing this.
I stabilized it using cactus juice, a heat treated resin, in a vacuum chamber. It took a good 2+ hours for the vacuum to remove almost all of the air while pulling 29”. Once I released the vacuum, and the wood absorbed the watery resin, it was baked for another 1 hour+ to harden. And WOW did it harden. These pieces came out with maybe a millimeter of unusable wood on the outer layer and the rest hard as a rock.
The rest of the pen was worked as any other wood and was given a CA finish sanded to 12,000 grit and buffed.
The nib is solid 18k gold, the rest of the pen is rhodium & gold plated with a swarovski crystal on the clip. Hands down the most high end fountain pen I’ve ever made. I included a bottle of J. Herbin ink, a maker that dates to 1700….a fitting match, I felt, given the time period the wood was from.
Thanks for looking.