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Feather Quill Pens

          

(Please note: I will try to update as soon as any pens have sold and are no longer available.)

Each of our Feather Quill Dip-Style Pens are handmade. Every feather is individually cleaned and prepared, its shape and colors considered, then it is carefully painted, wrapped, and any embellishments are added.
The result? A truly beautiful, fully-functional piece of art that writes beautifully.

          Have an idea for a pen you'd like to see? Please email us for information and a price guide. We have about 20 different styles of nibs (writing tips) available, so if you prefer a certain style when ordering a pen, let us know!

          We ship all of our pens in flat boxes (or mailing tubes if necessary due to length of feathers) to protect them during transit- we do not send them in envelopes, which can allow the delicate feathers to be damaged. Shipping costs not included in prices below. Feel free to email us with your zip code and country for an estimate.

NEW Raptor & Owl Charity Pens 10/22/2010:
We are very happy to announce the launch of our new line of Raptor and Owl feather pens. Inspired by everything from Harry Potter, the Guardians of Ga'Hoole, various nature programs on tv, to seeing these magnificent birds live in person, we could not resist making them! Plus we will be helping out real birdies - $5 from every pen sold will be donated to a Raptor Rehabilitation center! We have reveiwed a few of our favorite raptor rehab centers and have chosen the Raptor Education Group, a non-profit organization, as our lucky "winner"! See below for more details.


UPDATE REGARDING PEN HANDLES   04/12/2010:
We are happy to announce that we can now offer beautiful "Wedding White" pigskin leather for our feather pen handles. Don't let the "pigskin" part of the name fool you- this stuff is soft, supple, and a brilliant clean white! (Whiter than our picture even!) Great for wedding pens of any type. We will also happily make your wedding pen with a ball-point pen insert instead of a metal writing nib at no additional cost! This helps remove the potential for ink accidents at your event!


Below: Some of our favorite pens so far. Ones marked OOAK (one-of-a-kind) are unique and will not be made again. Ones marked LMT (limited) will be very limited in their series- probably 3 or less total- as hard-to-find natural variations in the feathers will strictly limit their production. Other feathers in a series will vary slightly, as with all hand-made things. Pens marked SIMT are made with what we lovingly call "simitated" feathers- that is, similar feathers are substituted and then altered to imitate the desired feather. (We usually do this when we are legally unable to possess the desired type of feathers). All pens are signed or initialed (usually on the back of the feather) by the artist, Andrea Brink, and come with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Have an idea for a feather that you'd like to order? Like to see our past feather pens? Email us with your idea and we'll be glad to give you a free price quote and details. We do not charge extra for commissioned work- we use the same price guidelines for our regular pens!

**NEW**
As the number and types of feathers we have available to us grows, we are now able to guarantee that some pens are made with 100% naturally moulted feathers, and that no birds were hurt in the process*. They are marked as such in the descriptions.

*We believe that most of the feathers we buy to use were naturally moulted, but since we cannot guarantee that fact on most of our feathers, will not say they are hurt-free.


NEW!
Vintage Inkwell Pen Stands!

We are very pleased to be able to offer vintage inkwell stands for the discerning collector, or to add a touch of class to your event.
We will be offering stands for "lease" for your special event (email us for details), as well as for sale.





Vintage Brass Inkwell #1:

This is a beautiful, Art-Nuveau style piece featuring plenty of scrollwork and embellishments. Color is an antique brass; features a small crystal or glass ink well with brass lid. Measures approximately 7" x 7" x 4" tall. Weighs several pounds. $50. SOLD

Vintage Brass Inkwell #2:
This piece is so identical to #1 that the slight differences in details don't show up on our photos, you really have to see it in person. #2 is a slightly softer brass color (not quite as yellow), and has more delicate details "carved" across it's surface, such as lilly of the valley flowers, and a butterfly. It is exactly the same as #1 in all other regards- glass or crystal ink well with matching lid. This inkwell is priced slightly higher because of the higher quality of work. $65.



  Coming Soon...

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, we will be releasing two new feather pen styles, with
$5 from every pen sold being donated to the Susan G Komen foundation.

The first pen will be a white ostrich feather pen with a vintage pink flamingo feather at the base, a white leather wrapped handle, and pink crystals up the length of the ostrich feather. The second pen will be a pink ostrich feather with clear crystals up the length of the feather, a white leather wrapped handle, and a silver ribbon charm hanging from the base of the handle. Both pens will feature a goldtone fine point writing nib.

Pictures of both styles will be posted soon; both pens are available for order now. $35 each.


"The Alumni"


This pen is traditionally given to graduates of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry upon successful completion of their seven years of studying. The Gryffindor House Lion is shown here, though any house crest may be created (be sure to specify when ordering). This pen is made with a 100% naturally moulted black wing feather paired with a soft, black leather handle wrap with a goldtone criss-cross pattern wire overwrap. A vintage fine-point writing nib finishes off this handsome pen. These beautiful pens each measure approximately 13" long and the feather is 2.5" wide. Feather shown is available. $50.



"Phoenix Burning"     LMT

 

Our longest feather pen yet! This pen was inspired by the beautiful legendary bird, the phoenix. We wanted to try to capture that moment when he bursts into flame, before he reemerges as a newborn phoenix. This pen features a red "phoenix" tail feather, along with two naturally moulted, vibrantly colored body feathers in shades of yellow, orange, and red, with a touch of purple and green.

The handle is black leather with a goldtone wire overwrap, and a vintage gold colored writing tip finishes off the pen.
This pen measures approximately 26" long to the very tip of the feather, and is approximately 1.5" wide overall. These pens will be very limited in number made due to the precise type of feathers needed to create it. Feather shown is available. $70.


Red Tail Hawk SIMT

Red Tail Hawks are very common throughout the US, ranging from most of Canada clear down into Central America, and are easily spotted by their rust-red tail feathers while flying. Juvenile birds may be noted by the lack of red, and have gray/brown coloring until about a year old.

This pen features a 100% naturally moulted, simitated Red Tail Hawk tail feather wrapped in a soft, black colored deerskin handle wrap with a warm, coppery-brown criss-cross pattern wire overwrap. A vintage fine-point writing nib finishes off this handsome pen. These beautiful pens measure approximately 12" long and the feather is 3" at its widest point. Center feather shown is available, other feathers may have left or right curve to them. $40.
**Five dollars from every pen purchased will be donated to the Raptor Education Group!**



Photo, released into public domain, is used with permission by Racheeo.

"The Barn Owls"   SIMT
 (White, Red Roan, and Cinnamon Phases)
Found nearly worldwide except desert and polar areas.



One of our new Raptor and Owl Charity pens! This bird varies greatly in size across the world- anywhere from 9 to 18 inches in length, with a wingspan varying between 30 to 43 inches, depending on the subspecies. They do not "hoot," their calls sound more like "shree" or a hiss. They are featured in the Guardians of Gahoole series, as well as the 80's children's movie, Labyrinth.

These pens are available in three color phases (shown top to bottom): White phase (white edged), Red Roan phase (white mixed evenly with red), or Cinnamon phase (solid brown shade). Each features a
100% naturally moulted, simitated Barn Owl feather paired with a soft, tan colored deerskin handle wrap with a silver criss-cross pattern overwrap. A vintage fine-point writing nib finishes off these handsome pens. These beautiful pens each measure approximately 15" long and the feather is 1.5" wide. Feathers shown are all available. $40.
**Five dollars from every pen purchased will be donated to the Raptor Education Group!**


Photo by Snowmanradio used with permission under the Creative Commons licence.

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"The Black Vulture"
   SIMT
Found through Southern Canada, North America, and down through South America



These "ugly" birds can have a wingspan of up to 6 feet, be up to 32" long, and can weigh up to 5 pounds. They have no syrinx (the "voicebox" of a bird), so they are limited in the sounds they can produce. They mainly feed on carrion.

This pen features a 100% naturally moulted, simitated Vulture feather wrapped in a soft, black colored deerskin handle wrap with a silver criss-cross pattern overwrap. A vintage fine-point writing nib finishes off this handsome pen. This monster measures approximately 12" long and the feather is 3" wide. Feather shown is available. $40.
**Five dollars from every pen purchased will be donated to the Raptor Education Group!**



Photo By Softeis, used with permission under the Creative Commons licence.


"The Eurasian Eagle Owl" SIMT
Native to Europe and Asia

 

One of our new Raptor and Owl Charity pens! This impressive bird can have up to a 6' wingspan, and weighing in at up to 9+ lbs, is one of the largest varieties of owls in the world. They have piercing orange eyes, which I promise you if you ever get to see in person, you will never forget! Did you know- the character "Draco Malfoy" has a pet Eagle Owl in the Harry Potter book series.

This pen features a 100% naturally moulted, simitated Eurasian Eagle Owl feather paired with a soft, tan colored deerskin handle wrap with a black criss-cross pattern overwrap. A vintage fine-point writing nib finishes off this handsome pen. This monster measures approximately 13" long and the feather is 3" wide. Pen pictured has sold, an "identical" one may be made upon request. $40.
**Five dollars from every pen purchased will be donated to the Raptor Education Group!**


 

Photo by pe_ha45, used with permission under the Creative Commons licence.


"The Snowy Owl"  SIMT
(Dark and Light Phase)
Found in the northern polar regions, worldwide



One of our new Raptor and Owl Charity pens! This beautiful bird is certainly well known due to the Harry Potter books and movies of recent years. Males are almost always pure white, while the females are darker with more barring. (Though Hedwig was a female owl she was played by male owls in the movies!)

These pens feature 100% naturally moulted, simitated Snowy Owl feathers. The Dark Phase pen (top), is wrapped with a medium brown suede leather handle, and features criss-cross pattern overwrap made with a darker rayon thread. A vintage fine-point writing nib finishes off the pen. The Light Phase pen (bottom) features a brilliant white leather handle with fine silver wire "barring" overwrap. A vintage silver fine-point pen nib finishes off this lovely pen. (The pens pictured have both sold, "identical" pens may be made to order)
These pens measure approximately 12" long and the feathers are 2.5" wide. $40 each.

**Five dollars from every pen purchased will be donated to the Raptor Education Group!**


More Raptor and Owl Charity Pens are coming soon:

Red Tail Hawk
Bald Eagle
Bateleur Eagle
and more!

**Five dollars from every pen purchased will be donated to the Raptor Education Group!**



"GreenWing"
  LMT



A gorgeous pen featuring some of our rare Aracari Toucan feathers! I see GW and picture a tropical rainforest, rich with plant growth and flying things of all sorts, from iridescent Quetzal birds to flying emerald beetles.

GW's main feather is a deep emerald green ringneck pheasant tail feather with gorgeous black barring. Three green, black, and white Aracari toucan wing feathers are ready to take flight near the base of the handle, and approximately a dozen black pheasant feathers decorate the very bottom of the feather. These smaller feathers are each topped with a gorgeous, deep green iridescence that catches the light like a prism. The handle is wrapped in black suede-finish leather, overwrapped with a metallic green wire. A vintage, fine-point #3600 Polycopie writing tip by Baignol & Farjon completes this pen. This is one of our longest pens, and measures approximately 22.5" long overall. $70.


"The Woodsman"   LMT



A handsome, masculine pen, inspired by nature. The Woodsman's main quill is a gorgeous, rich brown ringneck pheasant tail feather, with a light reddish tinge up the outer edges. An assortment of ringneck pheasant body feathers in shades of olive, gray, and tan with deep metallic green highlights adorn the base of the feather. The handle of the pen is wrapped in chocolate brown suede leather, and overwrapped with a dark green wire. Beaded accents include two Malachite beads, a Peruvian Green Opal, two chip Emerald stones, and is finished with a vintage bronze colored leaf charm. A vintage, fine-tipped, bronze-colored Plume Ballon nib from Germany completes this pen. Pen measures approximately 18” long overall. Pen shown has sold, an "identical" one may be ordered upon request. $50.


"Emerald Goddess" LMT

 

A gorgeous pen full of rare feathers! EG’s main quill is a gorgeous blue and black Hyacinth macaw wing feather, followed by an array of feathers in varied blue and green jewel tones. Topmost is a regal lime and bronze peacock eye sword tail-feather, and directly below that is a macaw wing feather in brilliant blue and kelly green. A very rare black, white, and green Aracari toucan wing feather sits below that, followed by a small sapphire-purple mallard duck wing feather. The base of the handle is topped by three small turquoise-colored ring neck pheasant feathers. The handle of the pen is wrapped in soft, tawny colored leather, and overwrapped with a deep blue wire wrap. A vintage Perry Balance Spring Pen nib finishes off this pen, making it perfect for delicate writing. Pen measures approximately 13” long overall. $70. The pen pictured has been sold, duplicates can still be made.

Below: A custom Emerald Goddess pen made with our new Wedding White pigskin leather handle wrap, ball point pen insert, and assorted gold, silver, and crystal beaded accents.




"The Hyacinth Dragons"Limited

A lovely set of flying dragons! Each dragon is carefully hand-painted on a beautiful and rare dark blue and black Hyacinth macaw wing feather, and wrapped with a matching leather handle and wire overwrap. These feathers are very hard to come across (we're told pet Hyacinth macaws run twenty thousand each!), so this set may be the only one we make! $50 each pen. Green Dragon, Bronze Dragon, and Gold Dragon have sold, remaining two still available. (Updated 04/12/2010: We will only be able to make two more pens of this style. Please contact us to purchase the Brown dragon shown below, or order one of the other colors.) These pens were made using 100% naturally moulted feathers. No birds were hurt to make them.


A beautiful gold dragon, wrapped with a soft gold leather wrap. This pen has been sold, another may be made upon request.


A bronzey-tan colored dragon, with a suede-finish tan colored leather wrap. This pen has been sold, another may be made upon request.


A chocolately-brown dragon, with a hand-dyed soft brown leather wrap. This dragon is available.


A medium brown colored dragon, with a hand dyed dark blue leather wrap. (This handle has a slightly metallic sheen inherant in the dyes used.) This pen has been sold, another may be made upon request.


A brilliant metallic green dragon, with a matching hand dyed green leather wrap. (This handle has a slightly metallic sheen inherant in the dyes used.) This pen has been sold, another may be made upon request.


"Lady of the Mists"

A woman, shrouded in a long gray cloak, appears out of the mists..
She looks across the water, and sees her beloved homeland, Avalon..

 

LotM consists of a beautiful, full, silver-blue ostrich plume, and three graduated Swarovsky crystals adorn the base of the feather. Handle features a soft gray, genuine leather wrap, thin silver wire overwrap, and an assortment of pearltone, aurora-borealis finish glass and silver beads dangle from the base of the handle. A heavily silver-plated, fine-tipped Barion #43 Mammoth-bowl pen nib finishes the handle, and ensures you'll enjoy this pen for years to come. Pen pictured has been sold, similar ones can be made upon request. $45 each.

Colors currently on hand: black, white, lime green, deep purple, deep turquoise, and silver-blue. Discounted pens made made on a first-come, first-served basis until feathers on hand are out. Special ordered colors are regular price.

Our LOTM pen makes a gorgeous wedding pen- can be specially made in a wide variety of colors- please allow extra time for special orders. A rush fee may be charged for special ordered feathers & pens. Feather colors available: Black, Burgundy, Wine, Blood Red, Red, Cerise, Fuschia, Dark Fuschia, Rose, Shocking Pink, Hot Pink, Baby Pink, Mauve Pink, Coral, Peach, Orange, Gold, Topaz, Canary Yellow, Light Yellow, Lime Green, Mint Green, Jade Green, Kelley Green, Hunter Green, Moss Green, Turquoise, Teal, Aqua Blue, Powder Blue, Baby Blue, Sky Blue, Royal Blue, Navy Blue, Plum, Aubergine, Purple, Periwinkle, Amethyst, Lavender, Lilac, Silver Gray (shown above), Dark Gray, Medium Gray, Light Gray, White, Light Beige, Medium Beige, Eggshell, Bone, Ivory, Luggage, Brown, & Rust.


"Oriental Dragon"

Above: A silver and black Oriental dragon coils up this feather to the fierce red star at the tip.

Below: Close-up of the smooth black handle, silver trim, and black tassle that hangs from the feather's base. Features a standard C-5 style writing nib, which is great for fine calligraphy-style writing. Pen approx. 12.5" (32 cm) long overall. $35. Pen pictured has been SOLD- another can be made upon request. Any future pens made of this type will feature a black leather handle cover with black wire overwrap at no additional cost.


"Autumn Pheasant"

Above: The rich brown, copper, gold, and tawny colors of this gorgeous pheasant tail pen remind us of Fall- pumpkings ripening on the vine, corn stalks drying in the fields, leaves crunching underfoot, and great harvest moons.

Below: A close-up of the copper, gold, and black paint that fall down the spine of the feather. Glittery copper dots grace the bottom of each line pair of line segments.  The feather itself has gorgeous patterns and tickings.

Below: Three different shots (taken at different angles and lighting conditions) of our handmade simulated opal set at the base of the handle. Beautiful fires of red, orange, yellow, and an occasional green adorn this grey-green colored "opal." This pen truly must be seen in person to fully appreciate its beauty, color, and sparkle! Features a standard C-5 style writing nib, which is great for fine calligraphy-style writing. Pen approx. 10" (25.5 cm) long overall. $35.PLEASE NOTE: The pen pictured has been SOLD. All others in this open-ended series will be as identical as possible. Any future pens made of this style will have a black leather handle covering with copper wire overwrap.


"Rose Pheasant" LMT

Above: What really caught my eye on this feather was the unusual, but beautiful stripe of rose-purple up the left side; the black spots fade into burgandy (you can barely see it in the picture above). I kept the same beautiful gold and copper colors that "Autumn Pheasant" sports, but added a great metallic pink to match the feathering when I painted it.

Below: Close-ups of the pheasant shape design down the shaft of the feather, and the pink metallic wire wrapping on the handle. Features a standard C-5 style writing nib, which is great for fine calligraphy-style writing. Pen approximately 11 3/4" long overall, $30. PLEASE NOTE: The pen pictured has been SOLD. All others in this open-ended series will be as identical as possible. Any future pens made of this style will have a black leather handle covering with pink wire overwrap.

 


"Court Jester"

  

Above: One of our more unique designs, the swept curve of this feather is adorned with four black triangles, and edged with four red diamonds. (I outlined the feather in the second photo to better show it's shape.)

Below: A lead-free pewter jester charm hangs from the base of the handle. A C-6 style writing nib ensures you have a sharp, fine tip for delicate script. Smooth black wrapped handle, pen measures approximately 12" overall, $35. **We can make this pen in a variety of colors, just ask!. Email us with your colors, or ask for details.** Any future pens made of this style will have a black leather handle covering with black wire overwrap.

  


"The White Hippogryph"

     Above: The five assorted hippogryph feathers that make up The White Hippogryph (a feathery, snowy white ostrich plume, one white turkey wing quill, and three small white goose body feathers). 

        Below: All, excluding the ostrich plume, are carefully hand painted to feature delicate black ticks, spots, and black bands, with a delicate shimmery silver background color around the main stripes.

Below: One of TCD's handmade simulated opals ("Oubliette" style- black with teeny gold flashes) adorns the base of the feathers. Smooth black wrapped handle features a C-5 style calligraphy writing nib- perfect for delicate writing, yet still offers the traditional "calligraphy" style script. Pen measures approximately 12" long overall, $35. Any future pens made of this style will have a black leather handle covering with black wire overwrap.




Shades of Gray

Below: SoG features two black and white barred wild turkey wing feathers, and two gray Pilgrim goose feathers. Soft, smoky-colored rabbit fur wraps around the entire base of the handle, and a beautiful silvery-black hematite stone falls gently from its silver-tone wire cradle. Smooth black wrap and a vintage, unused silver-tone Roeder Kugelzack writing nib finishes off this pen. Pen measures approximately 13" long overall. $40. Any future pens made of this style will have a black leather handle covering with copper wire overwrap.

 

Above: Worn through the ages as an amulet against bleeding, Hematite is also known as the "blood stone." Native American folklore states that war paint made from hematite would make one invincible during battle. Hematite is also used to balance out emotions and energies between the body, mind and spirit, helps dissolve negativity, and aids in memory enhancement.


          

 

 

Ink

Don't forget your favorite color of ink! Choose your type and color- only $5 with the purchase of any feather pen, $7 without purchase. Comes in maker's labeled jar and packaging. Shipping not included in prices. **Due to variances in computer monitors, colors may not match actual colors of ink; use as more of a guideline. If you have any questions about a color, feel free to email me about it.**



Transparent Inks: 1 fluid oz.
Designed for calligraphy pens and brushes, these inks have a great color to them, and are mixable to customize your own color. Water resistant when dry.

Brilliant Burgundy (darker red color)
Sexy Scarlet (brighter red color)
Tree Bark Brown (medium brown)
Midnight Black (dark black)
Night Sky Blue (medium dark blue)
Forest Green (dark green)
**We can now also get a wide variety of other ink colors- feel free to email us with questions or colors.**



Opaque Metallic Inks: 1 fluid oz.
These inks have a beautiful, shimmery finish that change under light like cat's eye glass. Water based acrylics colors that dry to a waterproof, nearly permanent finish. Can be used on a variety of surfaces. Pictures are of the actual ink bottles- color will vary slightly due to photograph and computer monitor differences.

   White Pearl (metallic white)
   Silver Pearl (metallic silver)
   Hot Yellow (bright yellow)
   Mazuma Gold (metallic yellow-orange)
   Bell Bronze (pale metallic gold)
   Autumn Gold
(metallic 24K gold)
   Birdwing Copper (metallic butterscotch-copper)
   Sun Orange (pumpkin orange)
   Volcano Red (bright orange-red)
   Hot Mama Red (vivid "lipstick" red)
   Platinum Pink (pale dusty pink)
   Sundown Magenta (medium pink-purple)
   Moon Violet (darker purple)
   Dutch Blue (medium blue)
   Sun-up Blue (medium ocean blue)
   Sky Blue (lighter blue)
   Galactic Blue (darker blue)
   Genesis Green (bright lime-yellow)
   Macaw Green (bright lime)
   Silver Moss (metallic silvery-green)
   Waterfall Green (medium aqua)

 

The Copper Dragon's Own Inks:
Looking for a specific color of ink? Need to match a certain color? We now offer custom-made ink mixes!

Email us, being as specific as possible about the shade you need (you can even mail us a swatch of fabric or other item to match), and we'll make your ink! Comes bottled in a labled, clear, 2-oz. glass jar with screw-top lid.

**A gift for someone? We can also dress up the bottle with an etched image, or wire and beadwork. 
Email for specific price estimate. Basic examples below, all prices with purchase of any pen.**

Plain Glass Jar (with our TCD label unless you ask it to be left off): $10
Glass Jar with fancy, custom black/white label: $11
Glass Jar with fancy, custom color label: $12
Glass Jar with wirework & a few matching beads: $15
Glass Jar with simple / small etched design: $15
Glass Jar with wirework and one of TCD's 'opals': $20
Glass Jar with complex / large / wrap-around etched design: $20
Combine any of these options: email for estimate.

 
Glass Jars with custom black/white label. If you have a picture for us to use, be sure to include it in your email.

 

 
Glass Jar and wirework with one of TCD's 'opals'. Choose from goldtone, silvertone, or copper wire, and many colors of opals.

 


Glass Jar with wire and beads. This one features goldtone wire, two goldtone Celtic knotwork beads,
and a dark purple-black flourite stone bead.


 

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