Nov Dec scholarship pen winner!

#32 won!  Congrats to…

Ted!  I’ll send you an email now and we can start with your new pen design.

Thanks everybody!  We raised $3723.00 total so far!

(Sorry it took me so long to make this announcement – had computer problems)

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November December fund raiser almost over

Only a couple of days left.  32 participants so far.

If you’ve already got a set of these post cards you could always have them sent to friends or family as a gift.  I’d be happy to do that.  And remember I ship anywhere in the world.  :)

Thanks.

Shawn

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Fancy Gift Ideas – 10 pen case

Recently I was given a nice little box to review, free of charge, from Fancy Gift Ideas.

https://www.fancygiftideas.com/home/84-wood-pen-display-with-glass-for-10-pens.html

Looking at the photo on the website it doesn’t really look like much.

When I opened the package from Ontario, California I was in for a treat.   I don’t know anything about wood really, and the website doesn’t say, so I won’t guess what type of wood the box is from, only that it’s quite nice looking.
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Here it is loaded up with some of the beauties on the shelves of Vanness (http://vanness1938.com).
First an Onoto with a Simpole vermeil overlay, Aurora Optima Afrika, Pelikan M1000, Platinum 3776 with a juicy sweet SF nib (I wouldn’t mind having that nib in my Nakaya), a new Parker Premier (oh so beautiful), a Sheaffer Legacy RichmondBexley David Broadwell Timascus, Bexley Ray Cover vermeil, Kaweco, and a Delta Italiana Ivory.

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Slots are 5 3/4″ long and hold the M1000 perfectly.  Anything much longer than that and you’re out of luck.  If you have some really long customs or Indian made pens those won’t fit, but it will comfortably hold 90% of your pens I would guess.  :)
For the record, it did not hold the Onoto Magna plunger filler I tried first.

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A view of the bottom.

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From the side.

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I don’t know much about boxes but it’s a great deal for $75 in my opinion.  Fit and finish on the whole item seemed really good.

Yvonne from FGI told me if you sign up for their newsletter you can get $5 off a purchase.

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November December Scholarship Fund Raiser

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

Since this is the time for holidays, I’m going to run this postcard sale/fund raiser period for three weeks, for both November and December.  Enter to win a custom Newton Pen for the months of November and December to support the Newton Pens Scholarship!  So far we’ve raised $3500 with those awesome student art post cards and all of your donations.

Read all the rules on how to enter here.

Questions?
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
newtonpenspay@gmail.com
along with a postal address and I send you a pack of cards and a pen 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.  And I’m proud to do so.

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, extra customizations, 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 Fund Raiser
PO Box 6084
Hot Springs, Ar. 71902

Include contact info, 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.

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Entry period starts today, Friday, November 21st and ends Saturday December 13th,  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 pen winners.

Seven Seas Eastman

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.

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Overlays and Combos

A few months ago I was contacted to make a pen for a Hollywood movie director (no I can’t mention his name) using two of his sterling rings in the design.  They let me design the overlay but wanted the rings included in a pretty specific way.    The rings were huge so that sort of dictated that the pen be huge as well.  They also wanted to be sure the overlay was very thick and heavy.  It certainly is.   :)

6 13/16″ closed, 5 7/8″ open.

Resting on an awesome gray platter I bought my wife for Christmas (don’t tell her) at Riley Art Glass in Hot Springs.  I took my art club kids there for a field trip to see them blow glass and make a large platter.  Really amazing work.

The overlay was made by Andy Beliveau.  He did an amazing job.  I couldn’t be happier.
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Pen is made from a green and black marbled ebonite with a #8 18k Jowo nib, broad point.

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Here is one of the rings, set with a couple dozen black diamonds.

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Some pics next to an Onoto with overlay by Henry Simpole, to show the size of it.  (at Vanness)

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A few months ago I was asked to make a modern pen pencil combo, and the only way I could figure out doing that was by finding a working combo.  Once I found a combo that worked I had to find a material to match it.  This thing was made somewhere between 1920 and 1940 (according to Richardspens.com), so finding a matching acrylic wasn’t going to happen.  What I decided to do was use the cap as a barrel band with black ebonite for the rest of it.  I’m very happy with how it turned out.

6.25″ closed, 5.625″ open, 6.375″ posted.

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2015 Newton Pens Scholarship – October 2014

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Number 47 got it! Congrats! And thanks everybody for participating! We raised almost exactly $500! Fantastic!

Originally posted on :

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.

Questions?
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
newtonpenspay@gmail.com
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…

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Pens for Sale

I usually don’t keep much extra stock around.  I get orders and make those pens and that’s usually about it.  Before the Washington DC and Dallas shows I took a few days and made a few extra pens to have something at the shows to show and sell.

Instead of holding on to them for any longer, I want to sell them now.  Some of the kids at school need deodorant and shoes and shampoo and other hygienic items.

If you buy one of these pens, any nib you like, grinds for $15, gold nibs are $100 extra, all the profit will go directly to buying things for my students at school.  Send questions and requests to shawn@newtonpens.com

Thanks.

pens for sale

Pen and link, price below link.
Top Row:
1-Gibby Orange and Cumberland hard rubber-
-SOLD

2-Eastman 2 Nib Bob’s Brown and Blue Gray resin
$325
3-Striped Gibby
SOLD
4-Gibby Brown and Black acrylics
$150 – Fitted with a #6 nib and c/c filler

Bottom Row:
1-Eastman Blue Chip acrylic
$225
2-Sumpter Cornflower acrylic
$225
3-Orville Bob’s Light Jade resin
$225
4-Preston Amethyst–SOLD

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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.

Questions?
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
newtonpenspay@gmail.com
along with a postal address and I send you a pack of cards and a pen 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 Fund Raiser
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 pen 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.

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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.

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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.

Thanks!

Shawn

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