Manhattan Driftwood Pen

Like the branch it's crafted from, each of these handmade pens is completely unique.
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Tom Gauntt

$180.00

Tom Gauntt created by

Tom Gauntt

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Word by Nature

If Hemingway were alive today, he'd use this pen to write the next great novel— and his grocery lists. Blending the power of nature and functionality, Tom Gauntt crafts this piece from Chesapeake Bay driftwood. Like the branch it's crafted from, each pen is completely unique and arrives at your door in a complimentary wooden box. With one click, the ink tip retracts and you can safely maneuver electronic devices using the stylus. It's up to you what scrawling ensues. Handmade in Maryland.

It takes between six and eight months for a piece of found driftwood to become a finished pen. Learn more about Tom Gauntt's in-depth process on the blog.

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

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Made in Maryland

Tom Gauntt

created by

Tom Gauntt

location

Maryland

“I get a real kick out of being a small part of creating a memory.”

For centuries craftsmen have sawed and filed wood to various desired shapes. But for Tom Gauntt, wood’s natural formation helps to elevate his one of-a-kind pieces. A lifelong woodworker, Tom’s passion stems from crafting in the shop alongside his grandfather, mimicking his masterful techniques. As he grew older, he took on bigger projects, from rebuilding sailboats to crafting custom cabinets. But when he developed a sudden rare illness, Tom was forced to sideline his larger projects. With no less passion or skill, he started creating unique wooden pens made from branches from nearby Chesapeake Bay. The pieces received much praise and he's been making them ever since. He lives and works on Kent Island in Maryland. Several years ago, a rare illness sidelined his typically bigger projects of rebuilding sailboats and custom built-in cabinets. Looking for a creative outlet within the limits set by the illness, Tom, with the inspiration of his artist daughter, began turning wooden pens. His years of woodworking experience coupled with an artist’s eye (he’s an accomplished watercolor painter) and his love of the water led him to experimenting with turning locally gathered Chesapeake Bay driftwood. The results have been equally unique and beautiful. When asked about his inspiration for his work, Tom is philosophical. He says, “Inspiration comes to us from various places throughout our lives. Had I not gotten sick, I doubt I would ever have started turning. It’s interesting what obstacles life throws at us – and how inspired we are to meet those challenges.”

It takes between six and eight months for a piece of found driftwood to become a finished pen. Learn more about Tom Gauntt's in-depth process on the blog.

Handmade Recycled Made in the USA
Made from
brass, acrylic, reclaimed driftwood, chrome plated metal
Measurements
5.5" L x 0.5" W x 0.5" H
Item ID
44607

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