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Custom wedding registry bridal gift that left them speechless

We were asked to make a custom wedding registry pen gift for a bride-to-be by her auntie. Her aunt wanted a writing pen the happy couple would use to sign their wedding register on their the big day "have you any thoughts on how we can make the pen extra special" she asked me?     We had a chat and in the conversation it became clear the passion the Bride and her Fiancé have for the GAA and their codes of Camogie and hurling, now both camogie and hurling sticks are made from Ash wood and I thought if we could get an old stick that had a special meaning to the Bride we could craft the pen that stick and...

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Cavan to New York in 16 steps

I posted some pens to clients on Wednesday afternoon, one client, in particular, had ordered a pen as a very special gift for his very special friend. He had spent the time researching the gift he wanted to give, he selected one of our fountain pens, he gave us the text for a personal note which we put on a card, sealing the card with a wax stamp and placing the card in with the pen gift. He had created the perfect gift and he was very much looking forward to presenting it. When he got back from work on Monday evening to his New York apartment his pen gift was waiting for him.  16 steps over 6 days and...

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Bishop William Bedell and his Sycamore Tree

Bishop William Bedell's Sycamore tree was planted by him in 1632 at the Kilmore Cathedral Cavan just a few minutes from our workshop. Bishop William Bedell (1571) was appointed Provost of Trinity College in 1627 and in 1629 became Bishop of Kilmore and Ardagh. He is essentially most famous for translating the old testament into Irish. He planted the tree in the original garden of the old bishop’s palace which later became part of Kilmore churchyard and when he died in 1642 he was buried beneath this tree. It is believed to be one of the earliest examples of this tree in Ireland. About 20 years ago one of the limbs fell in a storm and its part of that...

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Irish Bog to Brooklyn

A client in Brooklyn NY ordered a pen last month, she was looking for a gift for a special friend, she thought of many gifts but wanted something that would be used and not just sit in a drawer or on a shelf, a gift, when used by her friend, would remind him of her every day. She thought a pen was the ideal gift as her friend likes to write little notes as he goes through his day. So the first thing she wanted was the best quality pen she could have and a handmade pen would be so special and different, it had to be an excellent writer, not too heavy, high-end plating to last a lifetime and...

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Note-taking: pen and paper versus the laptop

   “The Pen Is Mightier Than The Keyboard: Advantages of Longhand over Laptop Note Taking” by Pam Mueller (Princeton University) and Daniel Oppenheimer (University of California, Los Angeles) was first published in Psychological Science in April 2014. Participants in the study were Princeton University students and the material used was a series of TED talks. Half of the 66 students in the study used laptops to take notes; the other half wrote their notes using pen and paper. Both sets of students were then tested on their memory for factual detail, their conceptual understanding of the material and their ability to synthesise and generalise the information. The study found students who used laptops consistently took more notes than the “old...

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