09 March 2011

Cool Pens, and Old Friends

There aren't all that many people I've known for longer than I've known The Mate. One is Justine, who I met in a philosophy course in our freshman year of college.

Justine has a talented daughter, Kate, who made these pens:
The red and yellow striped one on the left is her Gryffindor pen; I've got one on order for The Offspring. The dark brown one in the middle is made out of the same stuff they use for clarinets, and the light wood one is certified sustainable olive wood. She uses other kinds of wood, too, and various kinds of acrylics.

Wanna see how she makes them? There's a video here. She's very good with power tools, and her parents are very good about watching her use power tools without worrying that she's going to lose fingers.

If you want to buy one of these pens, I can put you in touch with Kate.

**Truth-in-blogging disclaimer: I have not been paid to write this, nor have I received a free sample.**