Just after graduating from Virginia Tech in 2006, Rachel and I were newly married and living in our first apartment, a nice little place with a big covered balcony.
I made my first wood pens, and not 2 weeks later landed a corporate deal for 120 of them for Christmas. I had to learn FAST how to make nice pens!
Long story short, I got into fountain pens, which led me to ink and paper, and I've fallen so in love with ink and paper that the pen making is no longer a part of my life. However, my humble beginnings as an ignorant-yet-ambitious pen maker are still fresh in my memory and dear to my heart. Enjoy these pics of my very first 'workshop'.
I had to drape electrical cords out of the window and hang flourescent lights so I could see at night! I've always been a night owl ;)
I think back to how ambitious, naive, and determined I was back then. Now I'm just as ambitious and determined, but thankfully I know a few more things!
It still amazes me to this day that:
- Rachel let me buy these tools
- Rachel let me take over the balcony like this
- We didn't get evicted with all of the noise I caused!!
Since these photos were taken we moved twice, changed the whole scope of the business and had our son. This just goes to show how much can change in such a short period of time, and how you never know just where you can end up when you live by following your passion. A lot has changed for us since the 'workshop balcony' days, but I will always hold this time near and dear to my heart :)