Handmade Phoenix Ballpoint in Black Limba with Gold hardware
This is a Phoenix ballpoint pen turned out of Black Limba and assembled with Gold hardware. This pen looks like it is a click pen, but it is actually a single twist mechanism. It's about 5-1/2 inches long and weighs a bit less than 2 ounces and uses a Parker refill
There are three colors of limba. A "normal" tree has off-white sapwood and is sometimes yellowish or even pale brown and the heartwood is similarly colored and not clearly differentiated from the sapwood. These two types of limba and are virtually indistinguishable although sometimes the heartwood will be darker brown. The sapwood and heartwood of this version is white limba. The third limba, which is the somewhat more rare heartwood, has varying degrees of irregular black streaking,that can create some beautiful patterns. This is called "black limba". There is no such thing as a white or black limba tree. Black limba is about the same as mahogany in weight, hardness and texture. The pores are small enough that one can finish the wood without filling it. I like this wood and wouldn't hesitate to substitute it for mahogany.
A bit about of the process of creating these pens: I start with a hand-selected bit of wood and the bits that make up the mechanism of the pen. I then cut the wood to length and drill holes to make room for the mechanism. I then put the blank on the lathe and spend some time working the wood to be the proper diameter to match the mechanism. Sand paper is applied, through a number of grits, to get a nice, smooth surface. Several coats of finish are applied and buffed. The wood and mechanism are then combined to create a fabulous writing instrument.
First Item: $7.50
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Wood and wire objects will be shipped through USPS, usually through priority mail. If the postage costs exceed what I've charged, I'll absorb the difference.
Stained glass must be insured in shipment and will usually be shipped through UPS.
All shipments to Texas must add 8.25 % for Sales Tax.
I'm happy to discuss custom work, whether it's a pen, bottle stopper, chainmaille, or stained glass. Custom pieces require a 50% deposit up front to allow me to purchase materials.
If an item needs to be returned, let me know within 7 days of receipt and we can arrange something. The return policy on custom pieces can vary and will be discussed at the time of commissioning.
Beautiful pen! Fast shipping. Thank you!
Beautiful pen! Purchased as a gift. I'm certain he will love it. Thanks for the extremely fast shipping.
Holy cow, the wine bottle stopper and pen are absolutely spectacular! They arrived lightening fast and my family will love their gifts!
on Nov 16, 2011
Beautiful Scott! This was purchased as a gift for myself - after all, I'm worth it! The quality of workmanship is apparent and I can guarantee this set will never leave my side. I've handwritten more letters and notes in the last four days since receiving this set then in the last year - I can't put them down. I completed a review post on my blog at http://tinyurl.com/6m85apk. Thanks again Scott! CRyan
This beautiful bottle stopper will have pride of place in my mother-in-law's home. Thanks for the superfast shipping.