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tree ring pen

by Dave Wager $150.00
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  • the story

Natural History

Celebrate the years behind your words with this one-of-a-kind pen wrapped in century-old sustainable wood, tracked with historic tree rings.

Made from trees that are felled as part of forest restoration projects, its wooden casing displays a tree's life through tightly coiled rings. A new ring formed around the grain for each year of growth. Two key dates are inscribed on the pen, allowing you to count back to the important events in your life: marriage, the birth of a child, graduation.

With 100 plus years of history behind each tree, they will become a meaningful representation and treasured token of your life, or a special keepsake for your loved ones.

Harvesting these small diameter trees helps protect larger, older trees, and the future of the old-growth forests to which they belong. Handmade by Dave Wager in Missoula, Montana.

Features a strong magnetic cap that attaches to top when closed and bottom when open. Comes in wooden presentation box with artist card.

Due to the handmade nature of this item, each is unique and will vary.

  • details
Handmade
Item ID
19555
Made from
stainless steel, wood
Measurements
5.25" L x 0.5" diam.
Notes
Black ink. Avoid long exposures to extreme environmental conditions (hot, cold, humid and dry). U.S. Patent #7467904. The pens use premium SchmidtTMfine point rollerball refill. It is an international standard size for rollerball cartridges.
  • the maker

Dave Wager

A longtime woodworker and a forest ecologist, Dave Wager spent the early part of his career studying tree ring growth in response to environmental factors. Wager's passion for nature and finding ways to restore it propelled his work over the next 10 years with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification, through which he promoted environmentally and socially responsible forestry through Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification.

Inspired by tree ring analysis and the need to share natural history information about Western fronts, Wager chose an unexpected medium to engage the public: pens. He developed an inspired concept into a handcrafted, wooden pen which exemplified his experience and interests, and after whittling his first prototype, the Tree Ring Pen was born.

"To me the Tree Ring Pens represent a nexus of nature, art, science, and forest restoration all bound within the beauty of a writing instrument," says Wager.

The next step in his project brought him to sustainability: Wager soon decided to source his wood from forest restoration projects in order to build a product that went beyond sustainability to action, restoring forests in need of help. Wager's idea of harvesting of small diameter trees to create his pens restores old-growth forests that have been encroached by those small diameter conifers.

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TREE RING PEN
 
4.9

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Comfortable grip (11)
  • Glides smoothly (11)
  • Ink dries quickly (5)
  • Lightweight (5)
  • Unique (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Everyday use (13)
  • Professional documents (4)
  • Taking notes (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality oriented (15)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (9), Business (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (13), No (3)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Husband (5)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Birthday (5), Anniversary (3)

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5.0

A total hit

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from Bethesda, MD

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable Grip

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about TREE RING PEN:

      When we arrived at my brother-in-law's 75th birthday party, he immediately whipped his new pen from his pocket and told us what a great gift it was.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Other
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Birthday

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      Tree ring pen

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      from Torrance,ca

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable Grip
      • Glides Smoothly
      • Ink Dries Quickly
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday Use

        Comments about TREE RING PEN:

        Wonderful pen. Very interesting construction and writes beautifully.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No, No
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Self
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Other

        Comment on this review

         
        4.0

        Very Nice

        By 

        from Portland, OR

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Beautiful Craftsmanship
        • Comfortable Grip
        • Glides Smoothly
        • Ink Dries Quickly

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday Use

          Comments about TREE RING PEN:

          The boss loves his new pen. It sits on his desk and he loves the case as well so he doesn't have to keep getting into the desk drawer. It writes beautifully. I wish it had more marked dates, but it was exactly what I had envisioned and the quality was superb.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes, Yes
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Other
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Birthday

          Comment on this review

           
          5.0

          Best Pen Yet!

          By 

          from Melville New York

          About Me Quality Oriented

          Pros

          • Best Of Over 200 Pens In
          • Comfortable Grip
          • Glides Smoothly
          • Great For Wood Lovers
          • Great Product Idea
          • Ink Dries Quickly
          • My Collection
          • Unique

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday Use
            • Professional Documents

            Comments about TREE RING PEN:

            Of well over 200 pens in my collection this is by far the most unique great writing pen. Using the right refills makes the writing and grip super!

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes, Yes
            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
            • Husband
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Anniversary

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Tree Ring Pen

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            from Arkansas

            About Me Quality Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable Grip
            • Glides Smoothly
            • Ink Dries Quickly
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Editing
              • Everyday Use
              • Extended Writing Periods
              • Professional Documents
              • Taking Notes

              Comments about TREE RING PEN:

              This pen was such a pleasant surprise. The feel of the pen is lightweight but not without quality. It is so smooth to touch and smooth writing. I love the way it glides across the paper. In fact I want one for myself. The story about the tree rings is a great bonus.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes, Yes
              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
              • Child
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Birthday

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              My husband loved this gift!

              By 

              from Rye, NY

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              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday Use

                  Comments about TREE RING PEN:

                  It was a great gift!

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes
                  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                  • Husband
                  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                  • Anniversary

                  Comment on this review

                   
                  5.0

                  Unique gift for pen lover

                  By 

                  from Richmond, VA

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Glides Smoothly

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday Use
                    • Taking Notes

                    Comments about TREE RING PEN:

                    Gave this to my husband for his birthday. He liked the uniquieness of the pen and the explanation of the tree rings. He placed the box and display card on his desk at work. He also likes the weight of the pen while writing.

                    Service and delivery comments:

                    Delivery was prompt. Outer box was a bit flimsy and not great quality(given the price of the pen), but the pen arrived in fine condition.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes
                    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                    • Husband
                    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                    • Birthday

                    Comment on this review

                     
                    5.0

                    Tree Ring Pen

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                    from Levittown, NY

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Comfortable Grip
                    • Glides Smoothly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday Use

                      Comments about TREE RING PEN:

                      My husband is difficult to purchase for, but he loved the pen. He thinks it is a unique idea.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes
                      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                      • Husband
                      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                      • Father’s Day

                      Comment on this review

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Like it!

                      By 

                      from Wahiawa, HI

                      About Me Quality Oriented

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable Grip
                      • Glides Smoothly

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday Use
                        • Taking Notes

                        Comments about TREE RING PEN:

                        I got this for my husband for our 5th anniversary and he loved it. The box was tough to open at first but that was the only con. Its gorgeous, high quality, and a unique gift.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes
                        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                        • Husband
                        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                        • Anniversary

                        Comment on this review

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Super find! Rare one of a kind gift!

                        By 

                        from florida

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable Grip
                        • FUN
                        • Glides Smoothly
                        • Ink Dries Quickly
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday Use
                          • Extended Writing Periods
                          • Professional Documents
                          • Signing documents

                          Comments about TREE RING PEN:

                          I bought this pen as a 65th bday gift for my dad, who loves a good pen. I thought it was a rare find and it proved to be. Not only is the pen outstanding, my dad really enjoyed the history surrounding the gift. I really think this is something he will use and cherish for years to come.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal
                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes
                          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                          • Father
                          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                          • Birthday

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