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Michael's pens and other gift items are made of traditional solid materials, such as wood, acrylics and Corian. In addition, Michael also mixes other different things into an acrylic solution. After the solution dries and hardens, it can be turned into some beautiful and unusual gift items.

Coffee Pen
Coffee Pen



He can make coffee beans into a solid acrylic solution. The solution Michael mixes up with things is clear, so he can mix it with any color he wishes. When he works with coffee beans, Michael can put it in a white die and call it coffee with milk. Or he can use a creamy colored die and call it coffee with cream. And of course, Michael can make a cappuccino as well!



Pens Made from Corn in an Acrylic Solution
Pens Made from Corn in an Acrylic Solution



Michael also uses rice, and he dies the rice any desired color. Leather, tri-colored pasta, peas, Cheerios, corn kernels, corn cobs. And Michael can die corn cobs any color. (This is Ohio grown corn, by the way!)



Turned Pen Made From Shrub Wood
Turned Pen Made From Shrub Wood



Michael has turned gifts using all different kinds of wood species. Wood can be a shrub that he pulls from my yard. He's had great results with Taxus Yew, which really makes a beautiful pen. He's also had success with simple tree and shrub branches that people discard as yard waste.

You can take an apple tree branch or a pine board or a 2x4 that you picked up at Home Depot.



Turned Antler Pen
Turned Antler Pen



You can use scrap flooring of all different varieties: bamboo, oak, cherry, mahogany.

Any kind of wood or other turnable material that is at least 5 inches long and 0.75 inches square can be turned into a one-of-a-kind gift item. The picture here shows a beautiful pen Michael turned from a deer antler.



A Wine Bottle Stopper Made of Multiple Corian Colors
A Wine Bottle Stopper Made of Multiple Corian Colors



Michael also uses Corian to make pens and other gift items. You've probably heard of Corian being used as a counter-top material for kitchens, but it also can be glued up and turned for making beautiful gifts. There are many unusual and attractive Corian colors, and they can be used to make stunningly attractive gifts.



United States Power Squadron Wine Bottle Stoppers
United States Power Squadron Wine Bottle Stoppers

One popular gift idea is to take a small jewelry item such as a sorority pin or a company stick pin or an American flag tie pin and cast this jewelry into a solid piece of acrylic which can then be turned into an extremely unique bottle stopper. The only limit is your imagination when it comes to creating beautiful, very specialized bottle stopper gifts.

The same principle can be applied to create smaller gift items like pens. You can cut fern plants from your own yard, stabilize the leaves until they are hard, cast them into acrylic and turn them into a beautiful pen made of you own live plant material.



Turned Pens Made From Layers of Colored Wood
Turned Pens Made From Layers of Colored Wood

Some of our more traditional turned gift products are made from beautiful, natural hard wood products. We use bamboo, mahogany, tiger wood, ebony, bass-wood.

Purple heart is a beautiful wood from Central America that actually has a purple hue in its color. From Argentina comes Lignum Vitae, which is one of the hardest woods in the world, and it has a beautiful wood grain. Lignum Vitae has a beautiful camel wheat color that gradually changes to a light green due to the fact that it is a self-oiling wood.

Michael also use more familiar woods such as maple and walnut.



Turned Hardwood Shoehorn
Turned Hardwood Shoehorn



All of these woods are ideal for pens, pencils, back scratchers, shoe horns, toothpick holders, and key chains.