Handmade Professor style antique brass ballpoint pen in Ca. Valley Oak
This is a ballpoint pen turned out of a California Valley Oak with metal components in an antique brass finish. The point is extended by twisting the end cap. The pen is 5 inches long and has a weight of 35 grams.
The Valley Oak grows into the largest of North American oaks. It ranges over the hot interior valleys of California where there is a water table within reach of the roots. Valley Oaks grow quickly, reaching 20 feet in 5 years, and 40 feet in 10 years, and up to 60 feet in 20 years. Mature specimens may attain an age of up to 600 years. Its thick, ridged bark is characteristic and evokes alligator hide. The sturdy trunk of the Valley oak may exceed two to three meters in diameter and its stature may approach 100 feet in height.
A bit about of the process of creating these pens: I start with a hand-selected bit of acrylic and the bits that make up the pen. I then 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 metal bits are then combined into a unique item.
First Item: $ 7.50
Additional Items: $ 1.00
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.