Handmade Emperor rollerball pen in Desert Ironwood
This is a rollerball pen turned out of Desert Ironwood with metal components in a sterling silver finish. The refill is a Schmidt rollerball refill. The cap does not post. The length of the pen is 6 inches and the weight is an eye-popping 86 grams. The heaviest pen I have in my inventory. And the finish on the hardware is outstanding. I'm tempted to keep one of these for my own.
The Desert Ironwood only grows in the washes and valleys of the Sonoran Desert below 2,500 foot elevation. The boundaries of the ironwood's habitat and that of the Sonoran desert are almost the same. Desert ironwoods are usually found in sandy washes where water is available. Desert ironwoods are from the pea family and their leaves and flowers resemble those of the sweetpea. They're the tallest trees in the Sonoran Desert, reaching heights of 15 to 25 feet, but they can grow as tall as 30 feet. They are one of the longest living trees in the Sonoran desert, and can occasionally live as long as 1,500 years. The wood these conditions produce is hard and quite dense, actually sinking in water. This makes it a fabulous wood to work with as it shapes cleanly and finishes smoothly.
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 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.