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Commissioned, Pen for President of the United States

Handcrafted fountain pen by John Greco for President Obama

Handcrafted fountain pen by John Greco for President Obama

 

After being commissioned to make a matching pen set for Prince Harry and Governor Christie to commemorate their trip to Seaside Heights, NJ, I was next asked to make a pen for President Obama. Regardless of your political views, being commissioned to make a pen for the President of the United States of America is a Tremendous honor.

The pen, made from a piece of Seaside Heights Boardwalk wood, was requested by  the Historic Pen Company and made for presentation on behalf of the Mayor of Seaside Heights. The wood was given a special stabilizing treatment during which all of the air from the wood was removed and replaced with a heat-set resin. This process not only allowed for the dry boardwalk wood to be turned smoothly on the lathe, it also helps reduce seasonal wood movement allowing this to be an heirloom quality pen.

The pen itself commemorates the President coming to the Jersey Shore on May 28, 2013 with Governor Christie to get a first-hand look of the rebuilding progress since Sandy.

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3 comments on “Commissioned, Pen for President of the United States

  1. Very nice work. I also make Handmade pens. I make a lot of White Tail Deer Antler pens. Check out my blog here: http://texaspenworks.com/blog/

    • GrecoWoodcrafting
      July 10, 2013

      Cool, I’ve always wanted to try making some antler pens but they are actually illegal here in NJ (crazy laws!). Best of luck and thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. Victoria Smith
    July 15, 2013

    WHO asks you to make a pen for the President of the US, or the Prince of Wales?! It’s crazy! I work with a kid (he just turned 18) who has been asked to paint a mural for Mote Marine Labs in Fl, and while he’s hanging out waiting for residency, he’s been invited to go out to sea to do research! The talented people I know! OMG!

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