|Calender & Information About Us
About My Pens
24kt Gold - The basic Gold plating, fairly durable but will eventually wear.
Cobalt Gold - A much more durable Gold plating, much more durable than 24kt Gold.
10kt Gold - More durable than 24kt or Cobalt Gold since it is mixed with other alloys to make it harder.
Titanium Gold - The most durable Gold plating; will get shinier over time.
Black Titanium - A very hard, Extremely durable plating - changes color depending on how the light reflects off the
surface. Limited availability but probably the most wear resistant
Polished Chrome - Very shiny, very durable (look at your car bumper) - This is the best plating for key rings.
Satin or Brushed Chrome - A dull chrome finish, not quite as durable as polished chrome.
Platinum or Rhodium - Used on jewelry, very shiny chrome-like appearance. Very durable but can be expensive.
Gun Metal - A moderately durable plating - appearance very similar to Black Titanium.
Swiss Rose Gold, Sterling Silver - The most elegant and expensive platings - Very limited availability.
There are other platings available but on a special order basis.
The wood from Maryland's Wye Oak Tree is my special wood.
I currently work with about 70 species of wood and am always on the lookout for more, especially something out of the
ordinary. Among the woods I use are some very rare species which are in very limited supply and I also use some burls
and dyed woods - such as maple and boxelder burls, - dymondwood, colorply, and colorgrain (which are dyed maple,
birch, or poplar veneers glued together). I also use man-made products such as acrylics, polyester and epoxy resins,
and solid surface (Corian, etc.).
If you want a certain wood, I may be able to get it for you.
I can even make pens, etc. from a special piece of wood, or even antler, that you may have.
stores to the big box stores or on the internet. The ballpoint pens use either a "Cross" or "Parker" style refill. The fountain
pens use either bottled ink or the small about 1-1/4" long cartridges. Rollerball pens use a standard rollerball refill -
most use a Cross selectip or Waterman but also a Pilot G-2 will work. The mini-pens use the refills that are used in the
3-color pens. Each style pencil uses a different lead -.5mm; .7mm; .9mm, 2mm drafting lead, or a 5.6mm sketching lead.
I use either a lacquer based finish, a 'French-Polish', or an oil based finish on my products followed by a wax coating.
Care for these products as you would a fine piece of furniture - a microfiber cloth works best for cleaning and a coat of
paste wax is sufficient for protection. DO NOT USE automotive waxes or solvents or silicone based waxes as these
contain products that are detrimental to th finishes and woods. Most woods will darken with age and use, this is
common - look at antiques. After repeated use the wood will develop a 'patina'. Even as small and thin as the wood is in
these items, there is still some slight movement caused by the weather or conditions present.
woodworking. I have worked in multi-million dollar custom homes and historic homes and have earned respect and an
excellent reputation from the people I have known and met. I started turning pens and pencils in the early part of the year
2000 as a way to use some of the scrap material my job produces and relax from the pressures of my job. Also, I now
have a chance to use some of the most expensive, exotic, and rare woods without "breaking the bank", which I have
wanted to use since my childhood.
Although I am mostly "self - taught", I learned some of my skills from my family backgrounds and from some of the best
professionals in my area, most who have either passed away or moved away from my hometown.
I started this company as part time home based business in January of 2002 so I could sell my merchandise at artisan
and craft shows, which I now do 5 - 10 of per year. I have worked full time as a cabinetmaker / millwork specialist but
since my stroke, I am retired / disabled. I do not have a store front but work out of a small shop by my home. My business
name is Olde Wye Pen Company, but I am more known as "da 'PEN' man" at the shows I attend and by my customers,
hence the name of my website. I currently travel throughout Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Virginia to different
artisan and craft shows, which I will list on this site. At some of these shows, I bring my lathe and turn the pens "right in
front of your eyes".
I also do demonstrations at some woodworking, craft, and art shows throughout Maryland.
|Olde Wye Pen Company
|I am in the Amish Country
Farmers Market in
101 Marlboro Avenue
Open Thursday 9 - 6
Friday 9 - 7
Saturday 9 - 3
I am now doing Gift
Cards. These will be
|I RECENTLY HAD A MAJOR
STROKE AND AM IMPROVING
I UNFORTUNATELY I HAVE
LIMITED USE OF MY RIGHT ARM
SO I WILL NOT BE MAKING
SOME THINGS BUT I AM
MAKING SOME ITEMS NOW. I
HAVE LIMITED STOCK AND
MAY BE OUT OF SOME ITEMS.
PLEASE BEAR WITH ME AS I
MAY NOT BE ABLE TO GET
BACK TO YOU RIGHT AWAY.
March 23, 2020
|I am now doing limited
laser engraving on pens.
Please see engraving
page for info.