Sunday, August 17, 2014

Broken Drumsticks Make Great Pens!

I'm a drummer and a woodworker, so whenever I can combine these two loves of mine, I'm happy!  After playing hundreds of gigs with my local cover band, I have accumulated quite a collection of broken drumsticks.  Most drummers would just throw them in the trash, but I make pens out of them.

I just learned that my drumstick pens are featured in WOOD Magazine on page 14 of the October 2014 issue.  I haven't seen it yet, so I need to go buy a copy or three!  Thanks to Steve Ramsey for mentioning me and my pens in the article.  I keep a few of these pens for sale on my Etsy Store if you would like to see what I have on hand.  Let's look at some examples...

I like to include the logos on the pen if it is still somewhat intact.  This is popular with drummers, especially if it's the same brand they use.

This one is 9" long to make it look more like a drumstick.  I used my lathe to shape the grip end of the pen into the shape of a drumstick tip.  Since this pen is so long, it's more of a novelty desk display item rather than something you would carry in your pocket.

This pen comes from a drumstick that had split along the grain at the grip, so I was able to use the drumstick tip on the back end of the pen.  There were some chips and dents on the surface from hitting cymbals, but I was able to sand these away on my lathe.

Sometimes a stick will be broken such that the logo or tip cannot be used.  In this case, I use my lathe to shape the grip like a drumstick tip.  Any pen turner could make one of these with a regular pen blank, but I like to use up my drumsticks.

Thanks for checking out my drumstick pens.  Please visit my my Etsy Store to see if there is one you like.  The few dollars I make from each pen go toward more pen supplies and materials.  I try to keep the prices low because I know what it's like to be a starving musician.  Rock on my friend!

1 comment:

  1. That's really awesome Steve! If you're at least one thing, creative is it!


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