| Brookside Historical Site
Ballston Spa, New York
|TAKE HOME A PIECE OF HISTORY...
Pens Ink is so excited to announce that it has partnered with the historic Brookside Museum (home of the Saratoga County Historical Society located in Ballston Spa, New York) to make an exclusive line of hand-turned pens and wine stoppers with the wood of a fallen tree from the museum's historic site.
Pens Ink spent about 9 months researching the best way to preserve and ultimately repurpose this historic wood into beautiful works of art. As a result of this research, Pens Ink invested in new equipment and procedures to carefully dry, cut and stabilize this wood so that it can be turned into beautiful pens, fountain pens, and wine stoppers. In addition, we now have the ability to dye this wood to really bring out the beauty in the grain. Lastly, we also are able to take some of the most fragile wood that have voids and fill them with a colored resin that is made in our own studio. As a result, not only will you own a piece of history, but you will enjoy a beautiful, high quality, hand-turned product.
Be assured that every one of the products made at Pens Ink are personally hand-turned on a lathe. All the materials used to make our products are some of the best quality offered to wood-turners today.
30% of all sales are returned to Brookside Museum
|The Brookside Story:
Nestled in a hollow at the foot of Mohican Hill sits Brookside, a building built in 1792 as America was forming itself. Originally constructed as a hotel to serve tourists to Ballston Spa, the building has served many purposes and welcomed hundreds of thousands of people through its doors in its 226 years. It is one of the oldest standing structures in Saratoga County and possibly one of the oldest standing hotels as well. Today it serves as a museum operated by the Saratoga County Historical Society.
In 2011, Hurricane Irene left her mark on the Capital Region — devastating towns, annihilating historic structures, and forever changing local landscapes. Brookside was fortunately spared the worst of Irene’s wrath, however, her strength of force brought down one of the oldest trees on the museum’s historic property. About 100 years old, the Linden tree provided shade to most of the grounds and was a beautiful testament to Mother Nature.
In order to honor the century-old tree, Brookside has partnered with the local company, Pens Ink to fashion high quality pens and wine stoppers out of the Linden wood.
Please check my Online Store to see if I have any Brookside pens already made. If not, you can Design Your Own Brookside pen, or Contact Me and I will work with you to create your own special piece of history.