The barrel and cap of this ballpoint pen were made from a discarded hardwood weatherboard. Weatherboards were usually rough cut in widths of 20-30cms tapering from about 20mm to 6mm. They were laid overlapping vertically and nailed directly to the timber frame of the house. Weatherboards began to fall out of favour in the 1950s, replaced by the more precision cut, interlocking timber chamferboards.
This particular weatherboard looks very old with many layers of paint and had weathered to a dull grey where the paint had peeled off. The weatherboard was was first cut into lengths 150mm wide. These 150mm wide lengths were
then cut into pieces 150mm long x 18mm square, centre drilled,
reinforced with brass tubes, cut to fit the pen, then turned on the
lathe.The first cut revealed a dark reddish brown timber colour which sanded to a close grained, fairly smooth finish. It's difficult to say what kind of timber this is but it looks very much like Red Gum.
Weatherboards are a very basic, simple form of building material and in keeping with it's heritage, the timber hasn't been overworked to a fine glossy finish but rather left so that it still feels like wood. This is a wooden pen proud to be wood and hasn't been made to try and look smooth and perfect like plastic.
It's been sanded smooth and finished with a light coating of Renaissance wax and can be maintained in perfect condition with any quality wax furniture polish.
Please note that each pen is slightly different and the picture is indicative. Each one is hand made and they do not have the uniformity and 'perfection' of a mass produced product.
This pen takes a Cross style refill and comes fitted with a genuine Cross black medium refill.
Matching rollerball pens, fountain pens and letter openers are also available.
Model: Euro BLEURWBGOBP
Barrel Material: Recycled Weatherboard with brass inner tube.
Barrel Colour: Reddish brown woodgrain.
Cap Material: Recycled Weatherboard with brass inner tube.
Cap Colour: Reddish brown woodgrain.
Trim Material: Chrome plated brass and steel
Barrel Diameter: 8 - 11mm
Cap Diameter: 9 - 12mm
Refill: Cross style refill.
Blackstone Recycled Weatherboard Ballpoint Pen - with Chrome Trim
- Brand: Blackstone Australia - Pens and Ink
- Product Code: BLEURWBCHBP
- Availability: SOLD OUT