I turned my first pen in 1989 as an experiment. I was stationed at Grand Forks AFB, ND, so had hundreds of new Lieutenants to develop this unique skill. I equipped myself with the basics and got started with a lifelong obsession of crafting writing instruments of distinction.
Like many penmakers, the first few pens I crafted left me wanting to “perfect” the art. Many years passed, but other forces influenced my woodworking. I served a full career in the US Air Force impacting my artisanship desire, but my passion for penmaking took over. Over the years I’ve created hundreds of pens, pencils, and other items for holiday and graduation gifts, anniversaries, weddings, awards, fundraisers, and extended family. My passion grew to achieve my goal to create an opportunity in which everyone could possess a piece of tradition like no other...owning a fine, high quality writing instrument that will be displayed proudly and cherished for many years to come.
The more I immersed in the craft, I discovered things that focused my efforts. I took the time to meet the masses, be they a Veteran of our uniformed services, Civil Service, or a Military BRAT each had a story. I wanted to honor this American service!
Family history caused another fire to begin to burn…our heritage. Years in the Air Force connected me with many of the finest folks I will ever meet, or know. We discussed the heritage of our elders and many friends that impacted our parents, and us. Then a friend asked me to consider “immortalizing” wood that his family could no longer identify, but knew it had near century-old significance. I met his challenge and created a personalized keepsake collectible! This continued to grow in both concept and reality, and I am pleased to see that nearly all of our Nation’s top pen makers offer a capability to capture this history. If you have special wood that has a heritage or history that might otherwise be lost, Email Us to create something to pass on with exceptional meaning.
Your satisfaction is my commitment. To meet that commitment I only offer superior wood, kits and service that focuses on quality, respect and dignity.
Imperial Penworks, LLC is published! "The Sun News" of Warner Robins, GA featured Penworks in an article published in middle Georgia!