News and Updates

Scholarship for 2014 graduates!

It's that time again - and here's the newest pen for the .  It's made from a celluloid that was given to me about a year ago, and I haven't been sure what I wanted to do with it until today. will end June14.     If you have any...
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Shop set up and campgrounds

Here's a shot of the entire shop (mostly) after all has been set up and organized pretty well.  Little desk at bottom left was made with scraps of my old work bench - has nib tuning/grinding stuff and a little laptop.  Metal lathe and wood lathe on right.  Wood lathe...
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Metal Lathe is up and going!

That's right! I got the metal lathe going! And it's freaking awesome! No idea what I'm talking about? Then read this great page all about metal lathes (view article here) so you can understand why I'm so excited. I have ONE little boring bar that a buddy gave me to...
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Scholarships went out!!

Yeeha!  I gave the two scholarships out tonight.  I only stuttered once when I lost my place, but I did great!  😀  My hands were shaking like MAD, but nobody could see that behind the podium.  That felt really good to give those out. I also just BARELY finished two...
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New lathe set in place – now for the run in.

About to go fill it up with oil and turn it on.  🙂
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The lathe is here!!

It's still in the driveway - I have a friend coming over soon to help me roll it inside. edit:  Got it in!  Used a bunch of cut schedule 40 PVC and just rolled it in.  Was easier than we thought it would be.  🙂
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Scholarship Applications are in

I've received all the scholarship applications and sorted through them, discarded the incomplete, and now have only three to review.  I've given out copies of the essays to ten of the teachers I work with and we're working on narrowing it down to two students, meaning that two lucky kids...
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Newton Pens Scholarship and… flex?

Well, the scholarship money has been transferred to the school and all the applications have come in. I'm going to spend this week with the other teachers reading through them all and picking the 2 or 4 most deserving. There are only 8-10 applications so hopefully it won't be TOO...
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Cleaning the shop

So my giant metal lathe will be here Wednesday afternoon, and I just got finished cleaning up in the shop.  Sunday afternoon and then a few more hours tonight.  It took forever to put all those blanks back up there and in a somewhat organized manner too.  Acrylics, ebonite, alumilite,...
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Winner! and the number is…

38!!! Congrats to Juan A.!!  You've won a pen!
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Fountain Pen Community Winner

I just got word that... The winner of This Year's Pen Drawing is: Ticket #1006 Erick F (efchem)! Erick wins the Newton Custom Pen! Congrats to Erick! We appreciate everyone's contribution, and involvement! Shawn will work with Erick on the final version of the pen, including nib choice and clip/no...
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Drawings tonight!!

Tonight's the night!  If you want to get in on this Newton Pen then do so before 9pm central US time.  That gives  you 11 hours! I'll make an announcement tonight.  🙂 And don't forget the drawing at The Fountain Pen Community for this guy. Fountain Pen Community
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Two Drawings – Two Pens! Check em out – both end Friday!

all you have to do is send $10 check or money order or with paypal to [email protected] and I’ll assign you a number based on the order you buy in.  If you’re #10 to buy a ticket, then you’ll be #10.  May 3rd - 9PM - I’ll use a random...
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Better wraps and a better finger

My wife was busy with pen wraps today and I'm very pleased with them.  I can't wait to see them with strings and buttons.  🙂 And my finger - still a bit sensitive, and hurts if I bang it on something - but better.
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We did it!

Only a couple nights left! Drawing is May 3rd - 9pm Central US time. Get in while you still can. 🙂
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Scholarship money ready to go.

Money pulled from paypal and a check made out to my school.  This is going to help a couple kids out with college.  I'm so proud to be able to give this.  🙂 Thanks everybody!
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Painful lesson.

Cleaning plastic junk away from the tool rest is not important.  For over a year I've been brushing away bits of plastic junk with my finger.  This morning my finger got cut. Caught between the turning blank and the tool rest.  Hurt.  The pain wasn't so bad.  I was putting...
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We did it!

We just reached $2000!  That means the scholarship is A GO! All the money raised after that will go towards next year's scholarship.  Remember, that one will be available nationwide.  I'll put up an application on my website to download and fill out in the next week or two. Thanks...
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POUCHES!

New from Newton Pens! Pouches! All of your pens will now come in little home made pouches.  My wife has told me for months that if I bought her a sewing machine she would make pouches for your pens.  And here they are!  😀 Well... here are the first attempts. ...
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Win a Pen! Help send kids to college!

  Remember - all you have to do is send $10 check or money order or with paypal to [email protected] and I'll assign you a number based on the order you buy in.  If you're #10 to buy a ticket, then you'll be #10.  May 3rd I'll use a random...
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