This fountain pen has been created specially to commemorate a friend’s wedding. It is planned for a traditional British wedding followed later in the week by an Indian wedding ceremony.
Inspiration for this design came from 1930/40’s movies. The design is big, bold & very eye-catching a real statement maker!
The body is made from Staffordshire grown Lilac from a tree in my garden. The accent rings and banding on the pen are from cast metal which has then been plated with hard wearing black titanium.
The nib is made from 14ct Gold with engraved decoration whilst the rhodium-plated clip includes a sparkling Swarovski clear crystal again adding to the opulent appearance of this writing instrument
Lilacs have a deep-rooted history originating in ancient Greek mythology. It was said that Pan, the god of forests and fields was hopelessly in love with a nymph named Syringa. One day he was pursuing her through a forest and, afraid of his advances, she turned herself into a lilac shrub to disguise herself. To Pan’s surprise, he could not find Syringa, but he did find the shrub. Because a lilac shrub consists of hollow reeds, he cut the reeds and created the first pan pipe. The scientific name for lilac is Syringa vulgaris, and the name is derived from the Greek word “syrinks” which means pipe.
The common name, lilac, was borrowed from the French and Spanish word of the same name. Similarly, the Arabic word for this flower is “lilak”. The word lilac refers to the light purple colour of its flowers.
Lilac meanings vary throughout different cultures and time periods.
- The Celtics regarded the lilac as “magical” due to their incredibly intoxicating fragrance.
- During the Victorian Age, the giving of a lilac was meant to be a reminder of an old love. In fact, widows were often seen wearing lilacs during this period.
- In Russia, holding a sprig of lilac over the new born would bring wisdom.
- In the United States, the lilac is the official state flower of New Hampshire and represents the ‘hardy’ nature of its people.
Because lilacs have one of the earliest bloom times, they symbolise spring and renewal. Lilacs also symbolise confidence, which makes them a traditionally popular gift for graduates. There are many meanings that lilacs have that can best be classified by colour.
- White lilacs symbolize purity and innocence.
- Violet lilacs symbolise spirituality.
- Blue lilacs symbolize happiness and tranquillity.
- Magenta lilacs symbolise love and passion. (see photo of my tree below)
- Lilac, the colour for which this flower is named, is a light purple that symbolizes a first love.
Although various colours of lilacs have different meanings, the lilac has always had a strong association with love and romance throughout history.
The pen began life as a Lilac blank which I hand-turned on my wood lathe. Once the correct dimensions have been achieved the blanks were sanded up to 7 times with ever decreasing grades of abrasive until the surface was mirror smooth. Two coats of sanding sealer were applied, each being carefully flatted down with 1600 grit to achieve a perfect smooth surface. A water slide transfer was then created with the names and dates on it. This in turn was applied to the sealed wood body. After allowing the pen body to dry overnight a coat of clear lacquer was applied carefully and then left to thoroughly dry. This process was repeated seven times, each coat being carefully flatted until a high gloss shine was achieved with the final coat and the transfer securely embedded.
Once the body was completed the various metal fittings were assembled to create the complete pen.
The cap is removed by unscrewing from the body of the pen. To refill the ink the nib unit is also removed by unscrewing from the main body.
If you are interested in a similar design of pen, please contact us. Since each pen is a unique work of art, exact duplicates are not possible.
Handmade Pen Product Details
Made in Tamworth UK by Mike Topp
Hand turned from home grown Lilac wood / Highly polished Chrome metal finish with black titanium detailing
Attractive highly coloured body – impress your friends!
Easy to replace ink cartridges or suction pump included
What’s Included with your Ballpoint Pen Purchase
Includes the handcrafted pen in the pictures shown above
Includes ink suction reservoir – ready to use
Includes velvet protective pen sleeve
Includes Certificate of Authenticity
Additional Information on Handcrafted Pens
All the pens on The Forest At Your Fingertips website are handmade and handcrafted on a lathe in my workshop
Each picture of a pen is the actual pen that you will receive
Most products will ship within 48 hours
Each pen is unique, no two will ever be alike since they are handcrafted works of art
All pens are shipped in boxes, and packed carefully