A Busy Year!

As anyone running both a business and a busy home knows, life can generally become a balancing act between the two. I sometimes think it may have been easier to learn to juggle or walk a tightrope in a circus! However, the rewards and satisfaction gleaned from having my own company, through creating something bespoke and special for my customers, make it all worthwhile.

The last few months here at Scriptorium Pens have been really busy and exciting. So many changes have been and continue to be made.

Early this year, as my regular visitors to my Instagram feed and other pages will be aware, I moved the entire pens production unit out of a spare bedroom in the house and into my father’s old workshop. Much effort was required in getting the old place cleared out, cleaned up, and ready for new equipment. A new Grizzly “Gunsmith” lathe now takes pride of place in the shop, and the tooling is close to hand.

The move was not as easy at you may think, though. That metal lathe is a heavy piece of machinery, weighing in at over 1,300lbs.! To make things even more of a challenge, the floor in the workshop was really out of level. Fortunately, I have a wonderfully supportive brother who has been a godsend in this whole process. I never imagined how much work there would be in setting all this up and keeping the pens crafting ticking over at the same time! All is working well in the “Scriptorium Workshop World” now though, with continuous development in mind, as well as the space to accommodate it.

It was initially like setting up a room in the house to put the furniture in the right places. If I moved my equipment once, I moved it a thousand times to get it to work for me. Well, I spend so much time out there it needs to be comfy, bright, cool…. Oh yes, I also needed a new AC unit; it can get really hot out there in the humid Mississippi summertime.

Jumping from a wood lathe to a metal lathe comes with a big learning curve. Fortunately, I love learning new things, and this new lathe makes work easier, faster, better, and more fun.

Things to Come

Come this October, Scriptorium Pens will head into its 3rd year. Three is always the magic number, right? So, I plan to throw a little magic into this coming year by way of special new fountain & dip pen designs, new clip designs, and possibly even a celebration version of the Idyll, the Scriptorium’s best seller.

In an effort to streamline web work & free up more time for pen production, I’ll be highlighting recently made pens here on the Home page, while continuing to add them to their usual model galleries. The “Recent Additions” page, however, will be removed, and the Home page will truly become the hub of the site.

Other changes are planned for this 3rd year, but as those will come later, I’ll wait to go into detail on those developments. 😊  Meanwhile, enjoy a slideshow of some of my recently made pens.

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Customer Worksheet – A Tool to Help You Create Your Custom Pen

Customer Worksheet

Customer Worksheet

Scriptorium Pens has added a new tool to help customers design their perfect pen. I’ve created a Customer Worksheet that is very similar to my own order form that I keep for each customer, with the same basic information. This is a pdf document that you can print out and use to play around with various pen configurations and prices until you come up with your ideal combination. I think this will be a really helpful way to ease the process of deciding on all the various options offered by Scriptorium Pens. It contains all the information I need to put your new pen together.

I’ve also added a page of Configuration Examples with a breakdown of their pricing to help customers see how things add up. These examples are similar to those in the final confirmation email I will send to make sure the order is correct.

Finally, one more item I’ve added is Order Numbers! That’s right! With the orders continuing to come in, I’ve started assigning numbers to each order to help keep track of them.  From now on when you place an order, I will give you your order number.  For anyone already in my work queue, you can send me an email to find out what your number is and what order I am currently working on.

I want to make the ordering process as easy and as fun as possible for you. These new additions are steps in that direction. If you have any other suggestions, just let me know. I love hearing customer ideas! 🙂