Hand turned Wooden pens
These beautiful pens are made from mostly native NZ woods that have been recycled from red zone housing here in Christchurch, and that alone is enough to make them unique - but the man who makes these is someone very special...
Keith Partridge is now 96 years old, and he's quite the character! He is an old school master craftsman who has high standards that he holds himself to. He thinks he has made more than 8000 of these pens in his professional lifetime, and each one is meticulously crafted.
Keith has no time for the internet, so if we want some pens we have to order "old school style" and ring him up on the phone, then I pop around for a cup of tea and a chat and pick them up.
I think when you hold this perfectly balanced, handcrafted and humble item in your hand, you feel a connection to the creator, and the echo of its former life as floorboards or furniture in a once loved family home.
Please note that the handwriting on these can be a little shaky...Keith has a good eye but he is 96 after all, so the finishing on these definitely isnt perfect...but thats all part of their charm.
Refills are easily purchased from any good stationery supplier.
The range of woods available changes regularly - please keep checking in to see what is in stock - usually Keith makes us a selection of totara, walnut, kahikatea, white pine, rimu, kauri, matai, mahogany, beech and more...
Please note that the one you receive will not be the same as the photo - it will be the correct wood, but they do vary a lot in colour and patterning depending on the age of the tree.
Click on the NOTIFY ME tab to get an email if the one you want is out of stock (we visit Keith about once a month)