Author Archives: Mike

Last Emperor – When Wood Becomes Art

Prologue …. Where does the emperor’s journey begin? Let me start by saying that I have turned more than a thousand pens over the years. Created one or two limited editions and on more than one holiday created custom designs … Continue reading

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Resin Cast Botanical Pen Blanks

Resin Cast Potpourri Grade Botanicals Pen Blanks Over the past few months we have been experimenting with casting various potpourri grade botanical pen blanks using dyed Alumilite resin. Our first blanks used #1 Grade Lavender flowers cast in a violet resin. … Continue reading

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A Special Invitation to a Custom Made Christmas

Summer is Winding Down – Can Christmas Be Near Labor Day has passed, the kids are back at school and the holidays are coming fast. Christmas gifts from the heart are always the best. Something handmade, unique, or readily identifiable … Continue reading

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Surface Texture and Carving

Prologue I recently posted an Instagram image of an open vessel I created entitled “Ribbons in Wood”. A couple of followers on Instagram asked if I could share the process I used to create the vessel. This weeks blog will hopefully … Continue reading

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Handwritten Notes: Important As Ever

Why Handwritten Notes Personal handwritten notes are becoming rarer every day. In a world of text messages, emails, and tweets one could argue that theses are more accessible than handwritten notes. Is this the natural evolution of communication? The 2011 U.S. … Continue reading

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