Wood Pen Care

Wood Pen Care

 

The wood used in my projects has either been kiln-dried, air-dried or stabilized with a casting resin. This means that the wood is stable and should not crack under normal circumstances. However, wood is a  natural material and special care of the finished product must be taken to ensure the longest life possible. SUNLIGHT IS THE #1 ENEMY OF WOOD!!! Store wood pens, or any other wood item, out of direct sunlight, UV radiation will compromise the quality of the finish and prematurely age and oxidize the wood. As with most wood products, wood pens are susceptible to the elements, so limiting exposure to strong sunlight, temperature and moisture extremes will ensure a long life for wood pens. Do not leave pens in the car! Heat extremes, especially in the summer time, will damage wood.  Carrying a wood pen in a purse or pants pocket without a case will subject it to scratches and damage from keys, coins, cell phones and other items that will compromise the quality of the finish. Dropping a pen is obviously not recommended. Over time, the natural oils in your hand may wear away the finish, and bring the wood to a natural patina that will vary in appearance depending on the type of wood and the acidity of the oil from the hands of the user. DO NOT use chemical fluids or abrasive substances to clean wood pens. Care for a wood pen as you would any wood product, using a light wax or coat of furniture finish and buffing to restore the finish. The frequency with which this is required will vary depending on the type of wood, the amount of use, and the conditions with which the pen is stored. If you take care of a wood pen, it will give many years of writing pleasure.