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December 1, 2011

For Christmas one year, Colin Purvis of Alpharetta, GA, made pens as gifts for his family.

The beautiful burled wood pens were such a hit that Purvis decided to sell them through his small but growing company, Low Country Burl.

The former industrial design student at SCAD-Savannah works with wood from six continents, including Amboyna Burl from Laos, Snakewood, which is imported from Suriname, and ebony.

These exotic woods have fantastic ranges of color, Colin notes. The twist pens are $35. The thicker, heavier “Cigar” pens are $65. He also makes Roller ball pens ($120 to $130) and elegant fountain pens ($130 to $155).

In addition to his pens, Colin has expanded his wood work to include business card holders with burled bases ($55 to $80) and badger-hair shave brushes with turned burl wood handles ($45 to $65).

For information or to place a custom order, check Purvis’ online store at



From → art, gifts, holiday, home

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