A few people started making fountain pens again after the collapse of the large industries and try to express their own ideas and emotions. Some create truly stunning objects which have become more like art expressions. The high quality fountain pen designs can be seen as usable art.
In the middle of this I create my own different styles for those who are looking for something very different and unique, to feel inspired, to impress and to enjoy.
The art of layered gold leaf, metal dust, coloured shellac is another field I'm exploring and plan to develop as far I am able to go.
A lot of the work involves gathering knowledge of lost skills. I specialize in more robust designs which also brings out the wonderful textures and colours of no longer produced materials. The way one tells how it must be done is not always the best way, there are many ways to make a fine product, a lot is based on sensing, sound, feel, how it cuts, even smells.
Metal decorations are turned by myself on the lath and as much as possible held together on the pen by compression where possible.
In my designs I use currently no clips, I'm designing my own roll stoppers and other decorative metals on top of the pen body besides the usual embedded materials such as rings, but this is still in development.
The latest series are modern, minimalist with a shape not like the traditional pen and yet have a hint of the past like styles seen in the Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Gatsby and the early classic pen period. I specialize this bold strong expression with a mix from those art periods, to impress, to be used en to enjoy.
Some series are dedicated to themes like the industry, the Geordie history, the Army and other services.
I'm always exploring new ideas but try to come with something unique, which is very hard given that there are far over ten thousand design available. Who would ever thought you can create so many designs based on a simple structure as a pen. And yet there is always room for a few more new designs.