Fog Jetty Creations. by Pat Farr

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.

Myrtlewood, maple burl, vine maple, Oregon boxwood, cherry, Scotch broom, Scotch broom, ancient redwood burl, black walnut

Myrtlewood, maple burl, vine maple, Oregon boxwood, cherry, Scotch broom, Scotch broom, ancient redwood burl, black walnut

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.

A local artist, Mark Delp, custom engraves the boxes, this one with the Fog Jetty logo, which was created by my niece Kristin Haggard.

A local artist, Mark Delp, custom engraves the boxes, this one with the Fog Jetty logo, which was created by my niece Kristin Haggard.

Some of the pens are placed into customized presentation cases with the logo of the organization offering the pens as donation gifts.

This series of creations for United Way of Lane County were customized with names of retiring volunteers.

This series of creations for United Way of Lane County were customized with names of retiring volunteers.

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.

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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.

These are Linda pens made from ancient redwood burl

These are Linda pens made from ancient redwood burl.

Birdseye maple burl, Lucy pens, named for Lucy Zammarelli, whose husband Mitch makes heirloom furniture.

Birdseye maple burl, Lucy pens, named for Lucy Zammarelli, whose husband Mitch makes heirloom furniture.

Cherry wood from Bill Dwyer's old orchard, named for Bill's wife and best friend, Janet

Cherry wood from Bill Dwyer’s old orchard, named for Bill’s wife and best friend, Janet.

Myrtlewood, called Margaret after my Mother who adored the wood from the time she came to the US.

Myrtlewood, called Margaret after my Mother who adored the wood from the time she came to the US.

A Margaret pen in a burl base on a very old black walnut cant.

A Margaret pen in a burl base on a very old black walnut cant.

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At this time none of the pens has been offered for sale.

 

 

 

 

 

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