Handcrafted Wooden Pens
PROUDLY HANDCRAFTED IN NEW JERSEY
About the artist and products:
Marc Dowdell is a local artist and a lifelong student of history. He lives close to the Delaware River, and has been volunteering at local historic sites for over 30 years. It was through his experiences helping at these museums that he found the inspiration to create his beautiful and unique legacy pens.
"On one occasion, I was assigned to do some trimming work on a tree growing over the grave of a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, George Clymer. To me, and I thought to others, the wood in these little limbs was significant, so I couldn’t just throw it out. Eventually I taught myself to make pens out of the small limbs. I did some asking around and found that other sites would also be happy for me to use their small trimmed or downed limbs the same way." Mark approaches each historic site with the proposition of creating pens for their museum shops, and he will often donate a number of the pens to the sites for fundraising purposes.
"I decided to pursue this endeavor because I wanted to offer something thoughtful and inspiring. We often go to a historic site and become inspired. We may even visit a site gift shop and pick up something made in China with the site name printed on it to remind us of the visit. I wanted to make and offer to everyone, something that was a genuine piece of the Historic site. Not mass-produced but hand made with reverence, care and respect - even awe for the history of the place that nourished the wood these are made of."We are pleased to offer four varieties of his unique hand crafted pen in our shop, made from the wood of our Oak, Cherry, Mulberry, and Bald Cypress trees.