Help support Central Coast Astronomical
by ordering your own hand crafted pen.
Price: $46.00 (shipping included for the continental United States)
How to order:
- Send an email to Glen.Smeltzer at CentralCoastAstronomy.org.
- Let him know whether you would like the Moon Twist Pen or the Sculpted Midnight Pen
- Specify what kind of hand made barrel you would like
(choose from a variety of woods or glittered acrylic)
- Mail a check to Glen (he’ll forward the donation to Central Coast Astronomical)
A Note From Glen Smeltzer
I have been hand crafting fine ball point pens in my home workshop since last August. I fashion the pen barrels from various woods and acrylics to create custom writing instruments. I purchase the pen hardware from a supplier in Pennsylvania. Recently my supplier has offered a couple of new styles of kits that speak to those of us who spend significant time under the night skies.
I would love to craft pens for interested buyers and donate a percentage of the price to the Central Coast Astronomical Society. The pens are priced at $40 each plus $6 to pay for a mailer and postage. Since my cost for materials is about $20, I would donate $20 to the club for each pen sold.
The two design of the pens I am offering are the Moon Twist Pen with the phases of the moon on the clip and the Sculpted Midnight Pen with images of a crescent moon and stars around the tip, center band, and cap. Both pens operate with a twist of the barrels to extend or retract the ink tip. Both pens use a Parker style refill available at most office supply stores. With either pen the buyer could choose from a variety of exotic or domestic woods. I have a limited supply of moon twist pens already made with an acrylic barrel that is black with tiny bits of glitter embedded to simulate stars.
Since I don’t keep a supply of kits on hand, I would need to send for them as orders are made. That means a buyer would have to wait a while before the pen could be delivered.
These are the moon twist pens, two in wood and one in acrylic. I can make the barrels out of other kinds of wood. I currently have six of this style complete and ready for delivery: the two wooden ones seen here and four with the acrylic as on the right.
Here are some of the wood varieties I have available for use in making pen barrels: