I spend a little time in my wood shop creating pieces of writing art from wood that has grown or been gathered in Oregon. I call them Fog Jetty creations.
I give most of the pens to local nonprofits which use them to generate revenue as auction items or as gifts to donors. This past year I gave away more than 70 pens to nonprofit organizations or schools. They have been given as gifts for donations that range from around a hundred dollars to many times that amount.
Some of the pens are placed into customized presentation cases with the logo of the organization offering the pens as donation gifts.
Organizations that I have given pens to include St. Vincent DePaul of Lane County, United Way, Square One Villages, Yujin Gakuen Japanese Immersion School, FOOD for Lane County, Oak Hill School.
Much of the wood that I use to turn pens cannot be found commercially–it is either given to me by friends or it has a long family history. My favorite wood that I have used is from an ancient redwood burl that my sister Linda found smoldering in a campfire on Oceanside, Oregon beach. I call this series of pens “Linda,” of course in honor of her. Each of my varietal pens have a name which lends meaning to the unique species of wood that is used.
At this time none of the pens has been offered for sale.