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Coleman Creations - Wood Types for Pens


(Dalbergia retusa)
Color: Variegated orange, yellow dark red with irregular black stripes.
Source Region: Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua

Zebra Wood

Zebra Wood
(Microberlinia brazzavillensis)
Color: Golden brown with pronounced dark brown streaks.
Source Region: West Africa, especially Cameroon and Gabon

Red Heart (Chakte Kok)

(Sickingia salvadorensis)
Color: Color varies from bright red to pink or violet with dark streaks.
Source Region: Central America, Eastern Coast of Mexico

Red Oak

Red Oak
(Quercus rubra)
Color: Light brown with a reddish tinge.
Source Region: Eastern United States and Canada.


(Euxylophora paraenis)
Color: Color varies from bright to light yellow.
Source Region: South America

Osage Orange

Osage Orange
(Maclura Pomifera)
Color: Orange to yellow orange.
Source Region: United States

Purple Heart

Purple Heart
(Peltogyne spp)
Color: Dull gray brown when freshly cut but soon oxidizing to a violet purple.
Source Region: Mexico to Tropical South America


(Pterocarpus soyauxii)
Color: Deep orange red that will age to a deeper orange brown.
Source Region: West Africa.


Unakite Earings and Pendant

I start the jewelry making process by finding and collecting the rocks here in Virginia.  From there I cut, grind and polish them before fitting them into Sterling silver settings.

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Wooden Pens

A display of pens

I turn these pens on a lathe and then sand and polish them.  I use premium pen hardware that is plated in 24k gold and is compatible with Cross® refills.  The clip has a nice black stripe.  I use many types of exotic woods from around the world.  Take a look below for some examples of my pens.

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Bottle Stoppers

Wine bottles with stoppers

I turn these on the lathe one at a time, using exotic woods from around the world.  They are then sanded and polished until they shine.  These stoppers can be used for wine bottles or to decorate the tops of other bottles in your kitchen or bar.  Each piece is unique and will vary slightly from one another.  The photos below represent the general size and shape of each style of bottle stopper.
I offer two styles of chrome bottoms.  The large stoppers feature the wide cone shape while the medium and small stoppers feature the premium chrome bottom that is long and slim.  Both will fit most wine or similar style bottles.

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Carved Wood

Carved spoons and a bowl

The wood carvings I create are made from wood that I have collected.  I use Birch, Poplar, Pear and Cherry.  When creating these items, I only use hand tools that are human powered, not electric.  Draw Knives, chisels, carving knives and axes are what I use.  It takes longer this way but is more authentic.

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