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Thread: His and Hers Cactus Pen Set

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Central Texas

    His and Hers Cactus Pen Set

    A few months ago I donated a his/hers Statesman/Jr. Statesman Fountain pen along with a mesquite display case to a local charity auction. It was the most popular silent auction item and ended up selling for $1,000. Anyway, the wife of the runner-up bidder contacted me a few weeks ago and commissioned me to make another one for her husband for Christmas. This is the final results right before I delivered them this morning:

    The pens are clear resin with black centers and the base is covered with black velvet. The prop is obviously a piece of cactus skeleton. The case is made with mesquite that I salvaged from a road construction site. I milled the lumber, cut the glass, and made the case. No mechanical fasteners of any sort were used for the construction of the case.

    I am quite proud of the finished product and more importantly, she was very pleased with it. If anyone would like close-ups of the case construction for ideas on building your own, let me know. I took a number of close-ups while I was photographing the whole thing.

    For those who are not familiar with cactus pens...A few months ago I created a process to use prickly pear cactus skeletons to make pens. I process the dead cactus pads to remove the pulp and leave the woody skeleton and then bleach it and dry it in a little kiln I made. I then cut it up and cast it in Alumilite urethane resin to make the pen blank.

    Thanks for looking!
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    Curtis O. Seebeck
    Need cactus pen blanks?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Curtis, those are really really nice, man you do good work.

    Thanks for sharing with us, and yes, I'd be interested in a more detailed set of pics, not that I'll be getting any Cactus here in Japan but just for the enjoyment of seeing how you do it all!

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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Once again, those are the coolest pens I can recall seeing, Curtis. The presentation with the case and prop and all is great, but it's icing on the cake when those pens are the centerpiece.
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  4. #4
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    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Curtis those are beautiful. Very nice job.
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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Curtis you have every right to be proud of that display.

    Those pens are just awesome.
    Todays mistakes can be tomorrows gain

  6. #6
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    Dec 2006
    Texas-The Greatest State
    Very nice pens Curtis. You should be proud.

  7. #7
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    Nov 2006
    Zushi, Japan
    Curtis those are beautiful pens and the case looks great. Thanks for posting.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Southern Georgia

    Those are some truly fine pens you've created, using a truly unique blank, and a suitably formal display case. Great work have every right to be proud!

    I was going to ask for more detail on making those blanks, but after visiting your site, I see you're selling them. Giving away the manufacturing technique wouldn't be a good business idea, so I won't ask. But I'll probably be ordering some once I get the shop finished...

    Can I ask what kits you use for your pens. With a set going for the sort of money yours demand, I would expect nothing but the best and am interested in what you've chosen.

    Thanks for sharing...
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