IRON STATION––You might say Kevin “Chappy” Pitts has drawn on much experience to pen his own unique hobby.
In the workshop out back of his home in Iron Station, Pitts creates made-to-order, customized fountain pens, crafting them mostly out of acrylic and wood. The wooden pens may be made from authentic whiskey barrels, olive wood and just about any kind of wood you like, according to his friend, Stanley-based photographer Bill Ward.
“I think the best one is my Cubs pen, made from authentic Wrigley Field seat wood,” said Ward, a Chicago native who is known for his encyclopedic knowledge of his hometown baseball team.
After fashioning the outer part of the pen, Pitts builds the remainder, depending on the barrel style, with the appropriate pen kit. He sells the pens in a wide range of prices, depending on the cost of the materials.
His shop consists of miscellaneous equipment, including a machine to turn the wood and acrylics blocks powered by an old treadmill motor. In inclement weather, he uses the sides of a tarp to help enclose his shop.
And Pitts produces more than just pens. Along with multiple styles of these ornate writing instruments, made from all types of material, he has also crafted cigar holders, coffee scoops and even a two-string bass guitar.
Pitts is a native of Miami. He is also the pastor of Rugged Cross Outreach Ministries, Inc.
Want Pitts to handcraft a pen for you? Call him at (980) 222-1977.
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