Coolest Present Ever!

Hand made wooden fountain pens made for us by a good friend in Adelaide.

The top one is Royal Ebony, and the bottom Cocobolo (a type of Latin American rosewood).

You can keep your Monte Blanc's, these are one of a kind custom made :)

View all photos taken: Thursday, 11th December 2008, This photo: 11:28pm

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  • [ Kane ] said:
    Cool mate, and nice way to capture them.
  • David de Groot said:
    Took plenty of shots, still not 100% happy with the lighting, but it's late and I should be in bed.
  • Misteriddles said:
    beautiful lighting, man.
  • David de Groot said:
    You think ? 'tis just bounced off the ceiling and the wall in behind (two flashes, both at 1:1, one on camera, one triggered optically).
  • accesser said:
    Cool hand made, How’s your handwriting to go with them :P
    I second the nice lighting might be a quick and simple setup to you but pretty net for us flash nubes
  • chooks! said:
    Nicely done David.
  • frednaut said:
    Looks really good David - very smooth light but wicked highlights on the wood and metal. Sometimes simple just works!
    If you keep experimenting please put more up as the grain and colour in these looks fantastic - I'd be interested to see different takes on them.
    Great backdrop BTW - very effective.
  • David de Groot said:
    Handwriting - variable. From Doctor's scrawl to elegant calligraphy, depending on what I'm writing and for whom.
    Thanks Tim :)
    The backdrop is a book called "Great Southern Land - The Maritime Exploration of Terra Australis", which was a free book from the Govt, believe it or not.
    I wasn't entirely happy about the highlights, thought they were a bit harsh, but hey, it wouldn't be the first time a photo I thought was mediocre was thought to be quite good by others.
  • photo by Alison said:
    They look right at home on that old chart.... wonderful present! Must be a very good friend! Very special, David!
  • David de Groot said:
    Quite so Alison :)
  • Aussie.501 said:
    You have done a wonderful job capturing this one........again a winner!!
  • Xenedis said:
    Lovely pens.
    The irony, of course, being that you and Lea are such technology nerds that you'd almost never use an old-school pen!
  • David de Groot said:
    Oh I dunno, I still write a fair bit with a pen.
  • leadegroot said:
    Oh! A pen - for writing with, right? I was wondering what they were for.
    But seriously - yep, lost the pen dent in the finger and everything (I think it took a good 10 years before it was completely gone, though!)
    And its OK - the giver knows exactly what we are like and is basically just as bad. What else can you say about someone who gave us the item on the top of our wedding gift list - a scanner? ;)
  • Xenedis said:
    You nerds.
  • leadegroot said:
    Its *geek*! Nerds are a completely different critter. :-P
  • Vucko1000 said:
    awww lovely!
  • Garry' said:
    Ohh how nice, that's unique. Nicely photographed Dave
    PS: Do they come with a USB connection....? ;-)
    Seen on your photo stream. (?)
  • David de Groot said:
    Neat eh ? And they write very well too - nice smooth ink flow.
    Cheeky bugger :P
  • teejaybee said:
    Swish! I love custom stuff - beats "Made in China" any day! :)
  • David de Groot said:
    My word indeedy ! :) Writes very well too.
  • FrAcTuReD...fOtOs said:
    Nice gifts mate - I'm a fountain pen aholic!
  • David de Groot said:
    Same here Jeff :)