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4/24/2020 11:05:00 AM
Chappy Pitts Makes Pens And More In Workshop
Local pastor has unique hobby
Pitts get cracking here behind his lathe. Making homemade, customized fountain pens is a longtime hobby for him.
(Photos Courtesy Bill Ward Photography)

Pitts get cracking here behind his lathe.
Making homemade, customized fountain
pens is a longtime hobby for him.

(Photos Courtesy Bill Ward Photography)

(Top) Kevin “Chappy” Pitts of Iron Station shows off one of his favorite pens. This one was custom-made for Stanley-based photographer Bill Ward.
(Middle) And pens aren’t the only things Pitts makes. Here he displays his own homemade two-string bass guitar.
(Bottom) Pitts peruses boxes of his pens near his workshop.

(Top) Kevin “Chappy” Pitts of Iron Station
shows off one of his favorite pens. This
one was custom-made for Stanley-based
photographer Bill Ward.

(Middle) And pens aren’t the only things
Pitts makes. Here he displays his
own homemade two-string bass guitar.

(Bottom) Pitts peruses boxes of
his pens near his workshop.


Lincoln Herald Staff
lh@lincolnherald.net


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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