John Grden, Craftsman

After forty-five years working in the banking world it was time to retire. One of the small privileges allowed myself during my career was to always use the best writing instrument affordable to help complete my jobs.

Before my chosen career started time was spent on a farm in which familiarity with different woods became common knowledge. As an example of the necessity in knowing woods, a farmer would not build a barn with Manzanita because that wood will split. Learning about levers, pulley systems, hardness of metals, sharpening, cutting of different materials all helped when working and creating new writing instruments.

Upon retiring from the banking industry, restoring old books was the hobby of choice.  Making journals to write and record information was another avenue that seemed interesting.  However, after visiting a Woodcraft store and browsing through their library, pen making caught my eye. After viewing two educational discs a small investment in a lathe and some tools became the next step.

Making a slim pen or pencil was easy and boring. The next challenge was to segment pens with different materials including soda bottle tops and guitar pics along with the traditional materials that other pen makers use. Showing off pens at shows was natural because of my training in speaking during my career and I enjoy people. 

One of my favorite woods to work with is Tulipwood. The most difficult wood causing angst is Ebony. The most difficult and time-consuming metal to work with is Titanium (but I have learned how to work  it [fire and ice]) and the easiest metal, to date, is aluminum. A brilliant metal is brass because the more you polish it the brighter yet softer finish is produces.

The value of the tools in the at “Eagle Point Pens” has grown and there are over fifty different materials from which to choose, to make a pen.  This is not an extensive inventory by any means but is enough to keep this craftsman busy for years. To answer an often asked question:  ‘how long does it take to make a pen?’ The answer is: ‘you get what you pay for’ and the price is set on the time, value, originality, appearance and quality of finish.


Found The hand-made writing pen or pencil That has captured your interest? Need to order one to your specifications?  Please email text or call me for  price(s).   

I will confirm your order by your choice of email or phone.  I can send an invoice for payment by PayPal or an invoice for other payment options.

If you wish to buy online, I take the payment methods seen above.  

If you wish to pay by personal check, please send me an email selecting the described pen or pencil and I will confirm the order with you.  I will then await your check by mail and once the check has cleared my bank, I will ship your order via flat rate Priority Mail for a fee  of  $6.00, with the following exception:  Shipping is free on orders totaling more than $100.

I offer engraving offsite, for a nominal costEmail or call with your request and I will let you know if it is available and the cost.

Phone # 909-362-4293

This form is provided for your convenience and emailing 



8 thoughts on ““ME/CONTACT”

  1. Hi John ~ I just discovered this marvelous site by reading once again an email from Mary!
    What awesome products…..Beautiful! Love you, Jo


  2. I appreciate comments from an accomplished artist such as your self. Your work at the Mountain Art Network cannot be beat. Your accomplishments precede you.


  3. Hi John, I was one of the Lucky winners of the “Paint the Lake” plein air festival this weekend, and was going through what I won. I was so pleased to win one of your sketch pens. I think it will be a great tool to use. Thanks you so very much for your donation which I benefited from. The event was a wonderful event, can’t wait until next year. Thanks again, I know I will love the pen.


    • Glad you won. Your work must have been very good. It would have been nice to see you accept it. I am curious as to which artist pencil you received. There were three: Manzanita,, Sinker Pine and Acrylic.


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