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Asian Designs

My Asian Influence Pen Designs

  • I have some very new writing instruments to share with you—with an Asian influence designs. 

Geisha girl internet

Geisha  Girl


Chlyogami-Yuzen paper

  •  They will be for sale Soon ! 

That’s it for now! 


Teak wood from WW II Battleships

Battleships WWII

Long Story Short;  I’m collecting the different teak woods from the Battleships of WW II to donate to the Smithsonian.  See the photo below  of the teak before I make them into writing instruments. 


Now see one of the finished pens.   An amazing difference.! 

There were 8 battleships at Pearl Harbor December 7th.   Why is this important to me  — My Grandfather l and  Grandmother were at Pearl  that day! 

My Last Art Show for the 2014 Season


Strarting Friday December 5th trhrough Dec 7th.  I will be shows my work at Artifactory’s Holiday Festival at the Hoover  House in Palo Alto.   from 10 to 5    on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You can get  more information on the festival web site.  I hope to see you there, as I unveil my new pen collection.   Just a small preview.  

Stonewall Jackson “Prayer Tree”

This pen is from a massive white oak tree stood next to an abandoned farm lane in the Shenandoah Valley near Mount Meridian near Grottoes, VA.  Over time this 350 year old tree stood proudly on the edge of a farm field  (located near Mt. Meridian in Augusta County, Grottoes, Virginia.) owned by Warren E. (deceased) and Catherine M. Wilkerson and their family until May 27, 2011.


There are two accounts to the Legend of this “Prayer Tree.”

1.)   According to local tradition General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson stopped each morning after breakfast at a rear by house to pray under this massive white oak tree while his army was encamped nearby in the Shenandoah Valley campaign in May - June of 1862.  

2.)    Jackson and his 15,000 men, encamped between the Middle and South Rivers.  After the Shenandoah Campaign, General “Stonewall” Jackson ordered a day of thanksgiving…Jackson’s men 15,000  gathered beneath this tree for prayer... so in the Shenandoah Valley lore, it became known as the “Stonewall Jackson Prayer Tree” .   According to Jackson's mapmaker, Jedediah Hotchkiss, Jackson joined the Rev. R.L. Dabney and others for prayer under the tree. A second account; The divine services were conducted by Rev. Dabney, followed by the holy sacrament being administered later that evening. Pvt. Joseph F. Kauffman, of the 10th Virginia Infantry, noted that “Gen. Jackson partook with the multitude.”

The ancient white oak , which was diseased-weakened was down by high winds. May 27, 2011.  The tree attracted Civil War buffs because of its connection to General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson.  It was estimated the white oak tree to be anywhere from 275 to 350 years old  and was considered one of 36 most historic trees in the United States, according to the  US Forestry Department. 

I enjoyed making this hand-craft rollerball pen.  Come and see it at the Mill Valley Fall Art Festival.  


The 58th Mill Valley Fall Art Festival

I was honored again to be selected their show my wonderful handcrafted writing instruments at Mill Valley Fall Art Festival.  The festival is the third weekend of September-- the 20 - 21st. There are many exciting new pens for you to review.  We are booth 149 on the main trail. 

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