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Fraser Ross

Creative Writing

Plenty of us have taken apart pens and fiddled with the tubes and springs that make them work, but have you ever built a pen from scratch? Designer Fraser Ross is giving tinkerers that experience -- the opportunity to make an operable pen from a flat kit of parts.
Fraser Ross
Fraser Ross
Creative Writing

Plenty of us have taken apart pens and fiddled with the tubes and springs that make them work, but have you ever built a pen from scratch? Designer Fraser Ross is giving tinkerers that experience -- the opportunity to make an operable pen from a flat kit of parts.

Fraser’s vision is to create playful projects that open our imaginations and encourage human interaction. It took more than 100 prototypes before his design studio in Glasgow, Scotland, came up with a way to fit all the components of a pen onto a single sheet of plywood the size of a postcard. The 22 structural pieces can be punched out of the plywood and assembled into a DIY writing instrument. The pen maker fits all the pieces together, and then shrink wraps the entire assembly in rubber to keep it intact (you need a hairdryer for this step).

Building the pen is a fun, creative exercise. When it’s finished, an object we usually take for granted becomes more meaningful. The mighty pen is even mightier when you build it yourself.