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It's our trademark and that official!

When we started the business I'll be honest everyone thought and some said it was just a hobby and world probably go nowhere, they could have been proven to be correct, but thanks to Cathy's support and faith in me we have grown together the hobby into a wonderful little business.  We enjoy the interaction with our clients, whether it is providing a special gift to themselves or for those special to them. To know that a pen we craft will be presented as a special birthday, anniversary, graduation or wedding gift in places all around the world is a very rewarding feeling for us both.  "Tree" Earlier this year we applied to trademark the Irish Pens "Tree" and we...

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Wooden handmade pens helping to plant trees for our future

The clients of Irish Pens from around the world and of course from here at home have sponsored another 3 native Irish trees planted on their behalf by the Tree Council of Ireland in Ireland's garden county of County Wicklow.  In the woodland forest of Aurora three new sapling are planted and start their new life in Irish soil, over the coming years they will grow stronger and taller absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere for growth, converting it to sugars and wood and releasing pure oxygen back to the atmosphere every day while our clients who planted them go about their daily lives in the knowledge that in a little part of Ireland they have done a little bit to...

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The woods our pens grow from

I want to share with you a video about the woods we use in our handmade writing pens, the woods we use are from fallen trees or trees that have had to be cut down for safety reasons. But our most popular woods like Bog Oak and burled elm are from tree that fell in the case of bog oak thousands of years ago and our burled elm is over 30 years sitting in the store room of a retired clock maker. Our Oak comes form many different locations such as the Phoenix park in Dublin, presented to us by the OPW, we used that wood to make a pen for our current president. We also have Oak from the...

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Fountain pens growing in Co.Wicklow forest

Fountain pens do grow in treesAs we get out of our car in the car park deep in the heart of Killykeen forest the first thing you notice is the sound of the forest, leaves rustling overhead as the trees move in the breeze, the sound of birds in the distance and now well into autumn the noise of the fallen leaves underfoot as we start our walk. We love that nature is all about us, the feeling of been out of the house, away from the workshop, uninterrupted chat as we stroll the path as it winds through the trees with the occasional hello to others we pass on our way. We feel like we are hundreds of miles...

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Irish whiskey barrel oak pen in the making

Irish whiskey is made with a blend of malted and unmalted barley in the pot still phase, unlike Scotch whisky, which is distilled twice, Irish whiskey is usually triple-distilled, which results in a smoother, higher-alcohol spirit. This practice was introduced by John Jameson, who established one of Ireland's most successful whiskey distilleries, in 1780. The whiskey after it is made is sent to rest in the very barrel we have used to craft our Irish whiskey barrel pens from. Behind the charred wood (the black or "dark side" of the barrel stave we use for the pen) is what is often referred to as the “red layer” or a layer of natural sugars from the wood that have been caramelized...

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