Let me apologize in advance for the long delay since my last blog post. Life over the last month+ has been a roller coaster. We had a family gathering in New Orleans for the holidays, followed by a busy early January. Then came a big medical scare after and abnormal EKG reading during my annual physical in mid-Jan. It lead to a whirlwind week of testing at a Cardiologist, some frightening results, and lots of worrying. It was a life-changing experience. Thank God that further, more detailed testing came back with better news and things weren't as bad as they initially appeared!
The prognosis is that at some point in the last five or so years I apparently suffered what they call a silent heart attack. Knowing what I know now I'm fairly certain when it happened. At the time it was diagnosed as gastroesophageal reflux disease but now we are looking back on it differently. Scar tissue found on the lower left side of my heart says otherwise. All tests for past or current cardiovascular disease have come back negative, and blood flow to my heart is very good. We suspect it was stress induced as I was going through a very rough patch a few years back.
But, all that is behind me now and I have settled into a much lower stress career. Indeed, working in the shop and creating with my hands is a fantastic stress reliever. I'm so blessed to be where I am now and I want to thank all those who sent in prayers and well wishes over the last month and a half.
In the shop I've been plugging away at a handful of private commissions as well as a small commercial job. The time has been very fruitful and rewarding. I've also had the time to work on a few new prototypes as well as being introduced to a new type of dye recently brought to the market. The result is the pen you see below.
It's a fountain pen with a fully shrouded, fine point nib. All hardware is chrome plated stainless steel. The wood is quilted Maple with a yellow "Unicorn Spit" finish. It doesn't show very well in the image but the finish is full of iridescent flakes, giving it a very sparkly luster. The finish is also available in blue, green, red, and purple.
The pen utilizes either standard international ink cartridges or a converter for use with bottled ink. It writes smooth but with a bit of feedback from the extra fine nib. Overall I'm very pleased with the result. I'm not sure if this will become a new model and be added to the catalog. Let me know what you think in the comments. If enough people show interest we'll definitely make more!
It's good to be back and I have a lot of exciting projects coming up. Stay tuned!
Until then, keep writing!