Notebook covers

My friends at Pen Opulence have a logo and I thought it would be interesting to emboss it onto a notebook. My first attempt involved carving the logo into wet leather. Here I have traced the image onto the wet leather. in this picture I have carved the design into the wet leather it is ok but not quite good enough. The next option is to use a raised image and to mould a piece of wet leather over the top of the image. Starting with a number of prints of the design I glued one to a piece of … Continue reading Notebook covers

Conid kingsize pen case

An Instagram follower asked if I could make a case for two Conid Kingsize fountain pens. The case is to be a cigar style case which is one of the most complex cases I make in effect it is two cases in one. Like any case it starts with flat materials like Kydex sheet. After applying some heat and with careful use of a wooden dowel I formed the sheet into cylinders. After welding and rounding over one end they have become tubes Once the tubes were cool I cut two strips of suede and stitched one end leaving about … Continue reading Conid kingsize pen case

Danitrio triple pen case

My latest commission is to make a three pen case to carry Danitrio Genkai fountain pens. Starting with flat sheet Kydex I made a new wooden form to produce the Kydex for the pen slots. After forming the Kydex I needed a new form for the leather outer I found a length of oak from the last large pen box I made. Which was exactly the right dimensions I only needed to round over the corners and sand it a little. This is the perfect size. Regular readers will know that wet veg tanned leather will form around a mould … Continue reading Danitrio triple pen case

Pendragon briefcase Restoration

  You can see from the picture (below) Pendragon is a trade name of Papworth Industries now known as Papworth travel goods, it was originally formed as a Tuberculosis colony many years ago. The colony made many items to provide activity for patients as well as income. Over the years I have bought these case when ever I have had the chance and have occasionally restored them for sale. As with many products there were options available to the customer as time progressed the options changed zippered pockets inside and out were my favourites so when I saw a case … Continue reading Pendragon briefcase Restoration

Montblanc Mozart case

I was recently asked if it would be possible to make a case for a Montblanc Mozart fountain pen 113 mm long and 9 mm wide with additional 3 mm for the clip. My little finger will not fit past the first knuckle so it is small. This is one of my largest cases designed for three Emperor size pens. This case is for the Montblanc 149 fountain pen. The white item in these pictures is the moulded Kydex which gives the case its strength. As this case is not an order more a proof of concept for myself I … Continue reading Montblanc Mozart case

Triple Emperor brogue style

This commission is for a triple emperor fountain pen case with a brogue pattern I have made such a case previously so I decided to make a new brogue design. I started with a piece of grey board drawing out a pattern inspired by a different pair of shoes. I used my circle tool to form the shape with guide lines. The circle tool has marks on it to help line it up. When I was happy with the design I transferred the layout lines to the mould to allow me to position the template accurately in later stages. I … Continue reading Triple Emperor brogue style

Long Nakaya case

I love Japanese hand made pens I have made a number of cases for the supersize pens but I make cases for all sizes pen. This is where I start three pieces of flat kydex this is a plastic that can be heated and formed originally from the aircraft industry but also used in the making of gun holsters. I have a two part wooden form which I made to the shape I wanted for the pen slots. I heat the kydex with a hot air gun until it is soft enough to form. I made this form with a … Continue reading Long Nakaya case