Coming to Texas?
If your association or group have a meeting or conference scheduled for Texas, let us extend to you a hearty welcome to the Lone Star State, plus an opportunity to experience our specialty and what it can accomplish for you.
Our specialty is a bit unique in that it has a rather narrow focus. We provide artisan-created writing implements and journals for planners of Texas-based meetings or conferences to offer as special-recognition gifts. We are prepared to handcraft for you a “Thank You!” that has real Lone Star roots.
Special Recognition … Texas Style
As you plan and coordinate your meeting or conference, are there individuals with your group or association that you'd like to recognize in a special way? They might be outgoing board members or those that support you as sponsors. They could be speakers or program presenters, VIP guests, or any individuals selected because of their diligence and dedication. (We've made gifts, some even personally engraved, for all of these occasions.) Our creations can help you deliver your message of gratitude, all done with a pleasant touch of Texas.
Made In Texas … Made From Texas
Our shop in south Texas creates handcrafted writing implements from actual mesquite, prickly pear cactus, live oak and whitetail deer antler harvested on south Texas ranches. (Our Cowboy Journals are made from authentic cowhide and have a deer antler closure.) Trademarked “Taking Texas with Me”(TM), each of our pens comes with a certificate verifying its “roots,” and, of course, it leaves a great impression along with the memory of a successful conference.
Yes; absolutely. We offer a Certificate of Authenticity with each pen and boxed pen set (see the photos below), and we offer a special bookmark with each Cowboy Journal that tells it's “story” and how to care for the natural cowhide. Because of the nature of our craft, and the fact that we work hard to live up to our “Taking Texas with Me”(TM) trademark, the Texas Department of Agriculture has awarded us GO TEXAN status. We are quite proud of that.
Just a Bit of Our Story
The “Taking Texas with Me”(TM) pen started of as an idea, and idea on how to take two of the most prolific natural products of the Texas landscape and combine them into something unique and useful. Dr. James Sutton of Pleasanton, Texas (mostly retired now from his practice as a psychologist), hit on the idea of creating a completely hand-turned ballpoint pen made from mesquite and and prickly pear cactus ... “pieces” of Texas. As things went along, other materials were added to this concept.
A very important part of the crafting of this special line of writing products is Tom Hester, the shop's master artisan. Jim and Tom go a long way back, back to Vietnam. Having survived that experience, they are still getting along … even as brothers-in-law.
May We Hear from You?
We're serious about our service and what we do. Check out our photos and video. If you have any questions regarding our products, or would like to know more about costs, discounts, laser engraving and scheduling of orders (handcrafted products take more time), please contact us. We would count it a privilege and a pleasure to work with you.
I ordered the Mesquite and Live Oak ballpoint pen, which is a terrific product. The online image is attractive, and the real item is even more exquisite. I possess wood pens produced by other craftsmen, and must say that this one is the most attractive pen I own. It feels as though it has been designed to fit my hand perfectly, and the writing is smooth and almost effortless. — G.S., Sycamore, IL