As it turns out, Nevada’s most plentiful resource isn’t merely a source for allergies anymore. I’ve lived in Nevada my entire life, and I have to say that sagebrush is so ubiquitous that I almost don’t notice it anymore. Everywhere you turn all across the state, you will find sagebrush growing. Well, I finally figured out a good use for it… Pens (and other such things)!
One of the goals that I have had for NV Woodworks since I started making and selling gift items is to come up with something that is all about Nevada. I wanted to create something that embodies Nevada, is highly useful, and is absolutely beautiful as well. Well, I have been racking my brain for a couple years now, and I finally put together a design that I think has reached that goal, and the main ingredient is sagebrush.
I know, it doesn’t sound too exciting… What could you possibly do with sagebrush that would be worth looking at? Well as it turns out, when you mix sagebrush with some acrylic and turn it on a lathe you get some spectacular results!
The Back Story
So, I’ll let you in on a little secret. The truth is, I have been trying to squeeze out a cool design using sagebrush for quite a while now. Unfortunately, the previous ideas and attempts to turn the ugly duckling into a swan failed miserably. So miserably, in fact, that I had almost given up on our good friend the sagebrush to produce any worthwhile results.
Luckily, I had not given up, and the sagebrush finally showed it’s true beauty! It turns out that the magic recipe is casting the sagebrush in acrylic resin. It’s amazing how similar to the Nevada blue sky with clouds, or it also reminds me of a satellite view of islands with waves crashing up on them. I think the really awesome part of this new creation of mine is the fact that every batch I make is totally unique. Every piece of sagebrush is different, and the way it lays in the acrylic will change the look of it.
The photos above show the first sagebrush cast pen blanks and the resulting pen. In the photos to the left, you’ll see the second batch and a little white added to the mix. I accidentally added some white coloring to the mix and it created a work of art! You see a nice photo of the beautiful Nevada Sky and Mountains… looks a lot like that pen, doesn’t it? I took that picture the day I made that pen, and in that moment knew that these pens truly do embody Nevada.
I will keep attempting new ideas, but I am really excited about the design that I have so far. Heck, I even sold one already on Etsy before they were even listed. I was really excited about that sale because it was purchased as a gift to a local Reno author who recently published a book. I don’t think there is a more perfect person to give a Genuine Nevada Sagebrush Pen.
As I mentioned in my last post, there will be some new additions to my product lineup in the coming months. Something that I am really excited about is turning rings (the kind that go on your finger). I’ve been working on the process a bit, and since I had some leftover Sagebrush pen blank, I decided to see what a Nevada Sagebrush ring would look like. Turns out, sagebrush is useful for much more than just pens!
Well, you can probably tell that I’m excited about sagebrush (for the first time in my life), and I’m also excited to have finally listed them in my online store as well. This first batch is being bought up quick, but don’t worry… I don’t plan on running out of sagebrush anytime soon!