2015 Newton Pens Scholarship – October 2014

Want to win a custom pen and help some lucky deserving students with their college expenses?

Enter to win a custom Newton Pen for the Month of October to support the Newton Pens Scholarship!  So far we’ve raised $2969 with those awesome student art post cards!

Read all the rules on how to enter here.

1. “I’m confused how do I buy? I see no buy button for the postcards.”

–There is no buy button.  You just send $10 via paypal to
along with a postal address and I send you a pack of cards and a raffle number.

2. “Interesting idea.
Is it open to non-USA residents? I couldn’t find information one way or the other, but postage costs must surely be an issue.”

–Open to everybody worldwide.  Yeah – postage is high but I’m covering it.  I’m also covering the cost of the post cards out of my own pocket.

3. “What kind of pen do I get if I win?”

–You get any model, any size, any nib grind, any material I have on hand.  If you want a gold nib or special filling system (button, bulb, or piston) I ask that you pay for that.  I’ll cover shipping but will be happy to let you pay for that if you want.

4. “How do I enter for free?”

–Send a note or postcard in the mail to me at
Newton Pens Free Raffle
PO Box 6084
Hot Springs, Ar. 71902

Include contact info like name and email or I won’t accept it.  Nicknames don’t count.  This is the same thing I tell my students at school: put your name on it or I can’t grade it!  :)

5. “Who can get a scholarship?  Art students only?  Kids in Arkansas only?  Kids at the school where you work only?”

–Right now the scholarship is open to any high school students going in to college, anywhere in the USA.  Kids at any school can apply and receive a scholarship.  Current college students are not eligible.  Adults going back to school are not eligible.


Entry period starts October 16th and ends Saturday night, November 1st at 9pm Central US time.  If you have ANY questions at all, don’t hesitate to ask.  I’m always more than happy to answer.

Here are some of the pens made for past raffle winners.

Eastman Green Ebonite

Mint Toffee Townsend

Celluloid Gibby

Gray Como Pocket Pen

Button Filling Eastman

I’ve got a ton of cool materials for the winner to choose from.  If you want a closer look at some of the materials, let me know and I can get some better photos.

2014 Dallas Pen Show

Here are some snaps from the 2014 Dallas Pen Show.  I had a great time, met some great people, made some sales and commissions (yay!), and can’t wait till the next show.  Somebody said to me over the weekend, “You’ve been bitten by the bug, haven’t you?”  YES.

September Newton Pens Scholarship drawing – Winner!

It’s just a bit after 9pm, so time to pick a winner using random.org, 1-59, and the winner is…

drum roll, please….

#9!  Nine is the winner of a free custom pen!  I don’t have the list of names in front of me so I have no idea who it is, but congratulations to number nine!  :)

And thanks so much to everybody who contributed to the fund – it’s now over $2000 – exact numbers later.

There’s still lots of time between now and May to raise more money for the kids.



The Concordia – Harmony

I was asked to make a special pen for a Hollywood icon and very proudly present it here.  Not only did we come up with a really cool design, we also created meaning for it.

CONCORDIA (Latin for harmony)
Ten sterling silver rings, 5 of each side, meet in the middle of the pen to symbolize unity and harmony.  It is the symbol of the matter in harmony – 4 + 6.  For Pythagoras, 10 was the symbol of the universe and it also expressed the whole of human knowledge.  Sum of 5 + 5, the number 10 represents the two opposite current directions of the conscience: involution and evolution.  The number ten is regarded as the most perfect of numbers, because it contains the Unit that did it all, and the zero, symbol of the matter and the Chaos, of which all came out; it then includes in its figure the created and the non-created, the beginning and the end, the power and the force, the life and the nothing.

Silver is one of the three base metals used as prime material. The symbol of silver is associated with intuition, contemplation, tranquility, femininity, inner wisdom, nobility, serenity and purity.

The infinity sign on the cap end represent the endless flow of thought and creativity that will pour from the user.  The lotus on the barrel end, (rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment), is aligned with the success of the user.

Eastman Gallery

New Postcards – Scholarship Fund Raising

Well the first set of post cards is nearly out, so I’ve ordered a second set.  School has just started so there’s not a lot for me to pick from, but I think I have some nice images chosen.

I’ve picked four new images from the end of last year and a couple from this year, and have reused one from the first set of cards.  These should be in my hands in about a week.

Thanks to everybody who has supported the scholarship.  To continue to support the scholarship, and help get some kids into college, read about the current raffle for September here.


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