Custom Orders

Custom orders are welcome at Tim's Workshop.  If you have a particular idea for something you are looking for in a pen, pencil, or other turning, head over to the contact page and let me know what you are interested in.  Make sure to leave an e-mail address so I can contact you.  A phone number would be appreciated as well - it can often be easier to nail down details over the phone than e-mailing back and forth. 

I have access to pen/pencil blanks related to a number of sports teams - both professional and collegiate.  I also have access to a wide array of laser cut inlay blanks covering a variety of subjects, from occupations, to military, to animals, to sports, and other interests.  In the case of inlay blanks, they are often only available for certain pen styles - most often the Sierra-style pens, although some are available for bolt-action pens as well (most of the military themed inlays are like this, as are some others).  

One thing I will not be able to do is provide you with your favorite team's logo.  The same goes for official military logos and most brand logos.  These are generally protected by copyright or trademark law (or both) and cannot be reproduced without a license, which is generally very costly and out of reach for a small producer such as myself.  Sometimes, though, I can do a theme related to the team, service, or company - such as a blue and white resin on a pen related to Penn State University, or something similar.  Let me know what you have in mind and we can go from there.

If you have wood that has a sentimental value to you that you want turned into a pen or pens, contact me and let me know what you have and what you want.  Generally for pens and pencils I am going to need a piece at least 3/4" square, ideally 1" square.  The length depends on what, exactly, you want from it and how many.  If you are having a tree taken down and want something from the wood, contact me before the tree is cut if at all possible.  Once wood has been cut it starts to dry out immediately and can easily start to check (crack) within a matter of days if not sealed.  Depending on the method of sealing it may still start to crack within a week or two, so time is of the essence in processing it into blanks.  Some woods are more prone to this than others.  If you discuss your needs with me before the wood is even cut, I can provide direction on what I will need, and how to prepare it for shipment to me.  Ideally, a log or good sized (diameter) branch would be best to cut, seal, and send to me.  I will be able to break it down into pen/pencil blanks and carefully dry it to try to minimize warping or cracking, keeping it a viable piece to use to produce your pen or pencil.  Of course with wood like this, there are no guarantees that it will not do something unexpected and become unusable.  Even if it breaks to the point it cannot be used by itself, I have the ability to have custom resin casting done to produce a hybrid blank.

Costs for any of this will vary greatly, depending on your specific wants and needs.  Once we work out the details, I will be able to give you a price quote.  After agreeing to the price, I will invoice you.  Production will begin after the invoice is paid.  Production time can take anywhere from a few weeks to a month or two, or even more, so be sure to allow plenty of time if your custom order is for a specific occasion.  The length of time will vary based on what prep has to be done for the blank material - especially if I have to order custom colors of resin or need to cut and dry a piece of a tree.  I do not cast resin myself, however I have several contacts that can do it for me and can generally find someone to meet the necessary timing.