Our favourite pens are those with a story woven within their grain timber. We have created many custom pens from cherished family timbers. For example timbers Marilyn had some sitka spruce timber from a strut from her beloved father's biplane. We made beautiful pens for the family laser engraved with "Father, over the sea to sky," a cherished reminder of Dad and grandpa.
And what about the fabulous pens made out of timber from an abandoned piano? I imagine the piano was once played with skill and enthusiasm. At one time its melody would have wafted through the rooms of a home in Queensland and set toes tapping. The piano was discovered abandoned on the side of the road at Nudgee Beach Qld. The once beautiful piano was completely broken and smashed due to having fallen off a truck. Some timber was carefully salvaged from this abandoned piano to create something new and beautiful and we have a limited amount left of this piano wood for custom orders. Please note that the timber has not been specifically identified.
Gail had a vintage dressing table made from Australian red cedar which was not so functional in 2020 where houses have built in wardrobes. The dressing table was made in the 1940’s for Iris by her carpenter brother and spent many decades holding hairbrushes, mirrors and embroidered handkerchiefs. When Iris passed away, the dresser was inherited by her daughter, Gail. Gail didn't have room in her home for the old but still lovely dressing table, but wanted to preserve her family heritage so she had pens made from the vintage red cedar timber for herself and her three children (Iris’s grandchildren). We are lucky to have some of this gorgeous limited edition story wood red cedar still available.
The Story Wood blog series will be continuing throughout this year featuring pens made from a cricket bat, rocking chair, rolling pin, a couch, a bookcase and a bridge to name just a few.