UpperCase Craft

“Unique custom made pens made with natural seashells or traditional wood.”

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  • Rollerball pen made with real Orkney sea shells. S15

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  • Natural sea shell twist pen made on Orkney. S20

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  • Turned sea-glass twist pen. G3

    Turned sea-glass twist pen. G3

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  • Unique hand made sea-glass twist pen. G4

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  • Unique real limpet seashell pen made on Orkney. S9

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  • Single piece hand made wood twist pen. R4-1

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  • Unique real winkle and mearl seashell pen made on Orkney. S13

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  • Real seashell pen made on Orkney. S14

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  • Artisan pen hand made on Orkney. S21

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  • Rollerball pen made with real seashells. S22

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  • Ballpoint pen made with genuine sea shells. S24

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  • Hand made cocobolo twist pen, parker refill R4,6

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  • Real seashell twist pen made on Orkney. S25

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  • Hand made yew wood twist-pen. R5,2

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  • Hand crafted yew wood twist-pen. R5,3

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  • Hand crafted yew rollerball twist-pen. R5,6

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  • Custom built kitless fountain seashell pen. SB1

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  • Hand crafted kitless fountain pen made from real seashells. SB2

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  • Artisan rollerball pen with real limpet and periwinkle shells. SB6

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  • Collectors fountain pen with clam and winkle seashells, made on orkney. SB7

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  • Hand made collectable rollerball pen with natural shells, SB8

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  • Hand crafted fountain pen with natural sea shells. SB3

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  • Artisan kitless rollerball pen made from real sea shells. SB9

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  • Unique hand crafted kitless rollerball pen made with real seashells. SB10

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  • Hand crafted rollerball capped pen with real sea shells. SB11

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  • Hand crafted rollerball pen with real sea shells. S27

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  • Hand made seashell pen made on Orkney. S28

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  • Unique sea shell twist pen hand crafted on Orkney. S29

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About UpperCase Craft

UpperCase Craft

The view out of my studio window. Crafting my pens on Orkney is pure joy.

My journey through life has led me to settle in the beautiful Orkney Islands. The island group lies off the north coast of Scotland, and while part of Scotland politically Orcadians are fiercely independent, and being mostly of Viking blood regard themselves closer to Scandinavia than the UK. I came to Orkney a few years ago and fell in love with the Isles. My craft started many years ago in East Yorkshire with wood-turning and pyrography, but I quickly became fascinated with the art of pen turning, naturally starting with wood pens.

Here on Orkney, one of my favourite activities has become beach-combing for shells - happily we have a huge of choice of stunning beaches to walk on, and I slowly gathered an impressive collection of seashells. Looking at them one day, I wondered what on Earth I was going to do with them, when inspiration hit me (as it does up here, regularly) - make pens with them! I then spent about 3 months re-learning the art of pen making as, due to the hardness of seashells, regular wood-turning tools and techniques are ineffective. I had to develop new tools as there are none suitable "off the shelf". Part of the problem is that the very hard shells destroy the cutting edge of regular tools in seconds. After several months of head-scratching and patient (dogged?) determination, I have now perfected my techniques and a complete set of home-made tools, the results of which you see here on my shop.
The seashell pens take much longer to create than the wood pens - around 4 hours for my one and two-piece twist pens, and around 10 hours to create my scratch-built pens. The twist-pens are "kit-based" in that I buy in the metal components and then create the barrels. My "scratch-built" pens are NOT based on any kits, so the whole pen is made entirely by my hand (except the refills or the nibs). My rollerball pens all use Parker refills (unless otherwise stated), and my fountain pens all use Bock nibs. All my "kitless" pens have triple-lead threads for the cap/barrel. The scratch-built pens are entirely customisable, so I can fit any make/size of nib to the fountain pens the customer wishes. Rollerball pens can be made to use any make of refill, too - just send me a message with your needs.

All my pens ship in a hand made presentation case, made by Michelle at Orkney Vibes (www.orkneyvibes.co.uk), unless stated otherwise in the description.

I am happy to accept private commissions for my pens, and have made fountain pens with shells from as far afield as Bali. So if you have shells from a favourite beach, I can make you a wonderful keepsake or a very special (and unique) gift. Just drop me a line!

UK sales ship Royal Mail Special Delivery, and will reach you the next working day.
International sales ship Royal Mail Tracked and Signed. Sadly I have no control over the time it will take to reach you, which will vary according to local conditions and custom clearance.