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fazool 01-20-2018 10:52 AM

SOLD OUT "The Tree" collector/gift pens $75 w/CoA SOLD OUT
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SOLD OUT - thanks all, possibly more in the future

This is an opportunity to own a genuine piece of The Tree.

"The Tree" is arguably the most famous single woodworker-lumber tree in history, and especially prized for acoustic guitars. For those not familiar , please see these links (and google "The Tree Quilted Mahogany")

Olson Guitars PDF writeup
Tale of Two Trees
The Legend of The Tree
Guitar Aficionado article
I'm not doing this as a business by any means. This all started because I intensely wanted one for myself and didn't want to commission anyone to make one for me. - I took up the hobby of pen turning and built out a complete hobby shop for it.

I contacted a very well-known luthier (and AGF member) who had previously supplied me with some pieces of The Tree for another project.

He had a small stash of cutoffs and drops which were perfect for this. We made an arrangement and I started making some pens.

The first set I made were for him and are shown in the pictures below and in the next message. Included in there is a Brazilian Rosewood pen I turned for him as well (sorry that was the last piece of that material I just included it because I thought it was so gorgeous to see).

Anyway, these are hand-turned and every one is unique. I have enough for about a dozen more and figured acoustic guitar aficionados like myself would be interested.

Because each is unique, the profile/shape, figuring and grain will all be different. But from the pics you can see what to expect.

I just sold two used designer pens (a Burberry and a Delta Dolcevita) for hundreds.

Hand-turned pens from hobbyists turning kits like these sell for $30-$60 (and that's normal wood).

I am not pursuing profit on this - it is not a business. I love guitar wood and thought folks here might also. I am only selling them for a price to recoup some costs.

They take about an 2-3 hours to make (most of that is in finishing). The hardware kits average $10 depending how fancy you want to get. The Tree wood is exceedingly rare and so expensive.

So I am selling these for $75 each on AGF. Even at low wage rates of $15/hr I'd just break even with my costs for labor hours, supplies, kits and The Tree wood. I am going to sell any leftovers on eBay under the collector pen section for probably $150 each.

If you would like me to make one of these, please send me a PM or reply to this post. Every one is different but you can put some basic customization (do you like a slender pen or more bulbous grip, chrome, satin or 24K gold plated hardware, etc.)

fazool 01-20-2018 10:53 AM

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Here are closeups of samples

fazool 01-20-2018 10:55 AM

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The pics had to be shrunk down so got a little grainy - here is a bigger closeup of the wood

rogthefrog 01-21-2018 09:26 PM

That's very cool.

fazool 01-22-2018 08:24 PM

So, interesting stories:

While making this first batch for Harvey Leach (who said I could use his name), my wife expressed an interest in one.

Our oldest daughter loves purple and hearts so I made her one out of purple heartwood.

Our youngest daughter is a clarinet aficionado so I made her one out of african blackwood, the same as her instrument.

And, for my wife, I made one from the very Black Walnut tree that grows in her childhood backyard that her dad planted.

So, I like how personal these can be.

I love the guitar theme of these and a chance to hold The Tree in my hand as I work :)

I also got a tiny stash of Lucky Strike and The Tree soundboard drops so will be making 2 or 3 guitar accessory boxes this summer (if you remember my previous two stories about those).

Anyway, I'm having tons of fun with this making guitar themed gifts.

fazool 01-23-2018 09:42 AM

Also, if any hobbyists want to turn their own pens (great, fun project) I can sell The Tree pen blanks (which include certificate of authenticity) for $50 each.

fazool 01-24-2018 09:34 PM

Made this one today for a famous Luthier in Colorado

fazool 01-25-2018 05:32 PM

This hobby project went well!

I made four pens for one recipient
two for myself
one for another recipient
one for another recipient
and another pen maker made a special deal to buy twelve of my blanks

So I only have three more left, then it's on to my real project with the guitar accessory boxes.

fazool 01-25-2018 06:05 PM


Thanks everyone this has been fun.

I may have more in the future, not sure yet but I'll try

fazool 01-27-2018 12:44 PM

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My last two pieces shipped out today.

I am hoping to get more The Tree wood supply soon.

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