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whiskey barrel pen

by Anna Ruggiero
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  • the story

Let the Words Flow

Novelist William Faulkner declared that, "Civilization begins with distillation," while George Bernard Shaw liked to think that, "whiskey is liquid sunshine."

Distill some of that creative spirit into your own writing with this intoxicating pen. A handsome writing tool for any connoisseur of American whiskey, the wooden barrel of this pen is crafted from white oak barrel staves that once held Jack Daniels™ whiskey as it aged. Anna Ruggiero is a master wood turner, and her pens have a luster and heft that will be savored for years to come. Pen is finished with black chrome hardware and a Parker™ ballpoint insert. Metal components made in China. Pen turned and assembled in Charleston, South Carolina.

  • details
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Item ID
Made from
brass, reclaimed white oak whiskey barrels, shellac, microcrystalline and carbuna wax
5.5" L
Care instructions: This pen takes a Parker style refill (includes one with each pen) available at any office supply store. To change the refill, pull the pen apart, unscrew the mechanism and remove the refill. Place the spring over the nose of the new refill, replace the refill and screw the mechanism back on to the pen, replace the back half of the pen- it will be a tight fit.
  • the maker

Anna Ruggiero

"One of the things I enjoy most about woodturning is starting with a simple piece of wood, then forming it into something beautiful and useful. Often the wood itself dictates the form it becomes." Anna Ruggiero always enjoyed working with her hands, but it wasn't until 2007 when she inherited her grandfather's 1948 Shop Smith that she was first introduced to woodturning. After taking a class at a local woodworking store she was offered a teaching position less than a year later. Quickly transforming her passion into her profession!

Anna is currently a member of the American Association of Woodturners and the International Association of Penturners.

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Q and A

When our community voted on this product, some also shared comments - read them below:

496votes, 38 comments

Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

Part of whiskey's distinctive flavor comes from the oak barrel it's aged in. Rather than let those retired barrels go to waste, it makes sense to turn them into something new! Do you know a writer, whiskey fan, or pen collector who would enjoy this unique design?

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It's just not for me or the people around me and not our taste

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Can we find metal parts made in the USA?

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I have seen these made by individuals that are much better quality, and available locally.

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How do we know it is from a whiskey barrel?

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Upcycling in a very cool way! Hopefully would come with a story card explaining its origin...have spent years in the bar biz, know many many many people who would LOVE this pen!

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Wood looks great, but how do we know it's from a whiskey barrel? Also, why parts made in China?

Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

Thanks for the votes and comments! The pen will come with information explaining that it's made from a whiskey barrel.

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Would like it beter if all the parts were made in the USA.

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It's a lovely pen and looks to be of nice quality

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It would be more interesting if there was some way to tell it was made of a whiskey barrel. As is, looks pretty boring.

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I love wood implements, especially pens.

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Okay item, just nothing special... Sorry...

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Not really my thing, but maybe as a Christmas gift for the boss who likes a good whiskey

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another wood pen..ho hum...

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I've already seen this-or very similiar.

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too many people making pens already

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Too much like many other things on the market and in dollar stores

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Neat idea, would have gotten an upvote if the small metal pieces had been sourced in the US. Could not have changed the price -that- significantly.

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I find this pen very attractive and it looks like it would be comfortable to hold.

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Horray for Made In America!! A clever and handsome idea, and one that I would certainly buy!

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Fun and a good gift for a guy.

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I, like others, wish that the pen was made here in the US but it is a very attractive pen and I would purchase it if the price point was right. At least it is assembled here in NC.


Not handsome.

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I like this pen. It looks like it would be light weight and comfortable to use.

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Wooden pen's are nice but not unique enough for you guys.

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lovely, but I've seen these before


The only bad thing about this pen is the metal parts made in China! I'm sure we still have SOME manufacturing plants in the US

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It doesn't follow your usual uniqueness

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Pens are so often stolen and this would not last long on my desk. Also looks like any other wooden pen.

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It just looks like a wooden pen. No one would know the whiskey barrel origen.

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Have seen many hand crafted wood pens- not a unique item.

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Would buy as a gift.

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It would depend on the price. Not very special.

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Whiskey wood barrel? It just looks like an old pen or a pen with a plastic wood design

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I love the look of this pen. I would by it if the price was right.

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Would probably make a cool gift, but not something I would buy.

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Good looking and made in USA

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