Nine Pen Box – Spirit of Art

Spririt of Art closedThe Spirit of Art box by Cuba Rica does not celebrate art, but rather celebrates Art Kalasho, a good friend of the cigar maker.  Kalasho’s image is featured both on the lid in gold and inside the lid in black.  This is another box that I’ve not seen before – certainly not common – and I’ve tried to finish it as a pen box in accordance with its unusual nature.

The box originally was gleaming glossy white with gold logo on the exterior (even on the bottom), but completely bare wood on the inside.  To give the inside a somewhat more finished look, I painted the edges white to match the exterior, then transitioned to a beige theme to match the inside of the lid.

I fitted the box with a nine pen flocked velour tray in beige, with each pen held in its individual compartment, and allowing up to 6 3/8 inches of length per pen.

Since the bottom of the box is finished in the same gloss white as the top, I’ve used round 2mm foam feet to create a non-slip, non-marring support surface.

The box measures 8 1/2 inches x 7 1/2 inches x 1 1 /2 inches.

The Cuba Rica Spirit of Art Nine Pen Box is priced at $45 plus shipping.  If you are interested, please email me at BamaPen@jehubbard.com and include your location or ZIP Code for a mailing cost quote.

I mail by USPS Priority Mail in the US and by USPS International First Class Package outside the US.

I take payment by PayPal or if you prefer I can email an invoice which you can pay securely with a credit or debit card.

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Four Pen Box – LFD Los Lanceros

LFD Los Lanceros closedThis LFD Los Lanceros is an unusual box with its long aspect ratio and view window.

This was a completely unfinished wood box when I got it, so I have sanded it, stained it with Minwax “Gunstock” stain, varnished it with Minwax polyurethane varnish, and smoothed it at every step with 0000 steel wool for smooth satin finish.

Inside, I’ve fitted it with a four pen flocked velour tray in Hunter Green that will hold pens up to 7 1/2 inches long in individual compartments.

The box measures 4 7/8 inches x 8 1/4 inches x 1 1 /4 inches.  I’ve applied a 2mm thick foam pad to the bottom for a non-slip, non-marring surface.

You may notice in the pictures that the view window is open.  I plan to fit a clear plastic piece to cover the window, but wanted to go ahead and post the box for sale here.

NOTE: the box pictured is sold, but I unexpectedly got another identical box that can be finished in the same fashion.  Since it is not finished, you would have your choice of the tray color: Hunter Green (shown), black, red, burgundy, or beige.

The LFD Los Lanceros Four Pen Box is priced at $30 plus shipping.  If you are interested, please email me at BamaPen@jehubbard.com and include your location or ZIP Code for a mailing cost quote.

I mail by USPS Priority Mail in the US and by USPS International First Class Package outside the US.

I accept payment by PayPal or if you prefer I can email an invoice which you can pay securely with a credit or debit card.

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Montecristo Espada Ricasso – 5 Pen Box

Montecristo Espada Ricasso closedThe Montecristo Espada line of boxes is very popular.  Available in several different sizes, they all feature a distressed suede lid with a Spanish sword theme.  These are well made boxes with a magnetic lid closure.

To adapt these boxes to hold pens, I address the unfinished interior wood first by sanding, then smoothing with 0000 steel wool.  Following that, I stain the wood with Minwax “Gunstock” stain which matches the colors of the box very well, then varnish the stained surfaces with Minwax polyurethane varnish – hand rubbed.

I attach a 2mm thick foam pad to the bottom of the box so that it won’t shift easily nor mar your desk or table surfaces.

Once that is done, I fit a flocked velour pen tray into the box to hold your pens safely and securely, not touching anything other than the tray.

The “Ricasso” is the smallest size in the Espada line.  It will hold five pens, each up to 8 inches long.  The box measures 9 1/2 inches x 6 1/4 inches x 1 1/2 inches.

This particular box is fitted with a beige pen tray, but if you prefer another color, I have identical boxes available with red, green, burgundy, or black trays at this same price.

The Montecristo Espada Ricassa 5 Pen Box is priced at $35 plus mailing.  If you are interested, please email me at BamaPen@jehubbard.com and include your location or ZIP Code so that I can provide a mailing cost quote.

I accept payment by PayPal or if you prefer I can email an invoice which you can pay with a credit or debit card.

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Montecristo Espada Guard – 8 Pen Box

Montecristo Espada Guard closedThe Montecristo Espada line of boxes is very popular.  Available in several different sizes, they all feature a distressed suede lid with a Spanish sword theme.  These are well made boxes with a magnetic lid closure.

To adapt these boxes to hold pens, I address the unfinished interior wood first by sanding, then smoothing with 0000 steel wool.  Following that, I stain the wood with Minwax “Gunstock” stain which matches the colors of the box very well, then varnish the stained surfaces with Minwax polyurethane varnish – hand rubbed.

I attach a 2mm thick foam pad to the bottom of the box so that it won’t shift easily nor mar your desk or table surfaces.

Once that is done, I fit a flocked velour pen tray into the box to hold your pens safely and securely, not touching anything other than the tray.

The “Guard” is an intermediate size in the Espada line.  It will hold eight pens, each up to 5 7/8 inches long.  The box measures 8 3/4 inches x 7 1/4 inches x 1 1/2 inches.

This particular box is fitted with a beige pen tray, but if you prefer another color, I have identical boxes available with red, green, burgundy, or black trays at this same price.

The Montecristo Espada Guard 8 Pen Box is priced at $40 plus mailing.  If you are interested, please email me at BamaPen@jehubbard.com and include your location or ZIP Code so that I can provide a mailing cost quote.

I accept payment by PayPal or if you prefer I can email an invoice which you can pay with a credit or debit card.

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Perez Carrillo 10 Pen Beauty

Dona Elena 10 closedHere’s a box that is definitely worthy of “beautiful” as a descriptor.  It’s a slightly smaller version of the EP Carrillo boxes that have proven very popular when I’ve converted them to pen boxes.  I’ve tried to complement the  outside’s striking glossy red stain by adding some attractive artwork inside the lid and a black velour flocked ten pen tray.

The Perez Carrillo “Dona Elena 10” measures 10 inches by 8 inches by 1 5/8 inches and can hold 10 pens up to 7 1/4 inches long in their individual pen compartments.

I’ve added a 2mm thick foam pad on the bottom to prevent any marring of your desk or table surfaces.

The Perez Carrillo “Dona Elena 10” Ten Pen Box is priced at $60 plus shipping.  If you are interested, please email me at BamaPen@jehubbard.com and include your location or ZIP Code for a mailing cost quote.

I accept payment by PayPal or if you prefer I can email an invoice which you can pay with a credit or debit card.

I ship by USPS Priority Mail in the US and by USPS International First Class Package outside the US.

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A Charming Eight Pen Box – Carrillo Edition Inaugural 2009

Carrillo Edition Inaugural 2009 closedThis is only the second third box of this type that I’ve encountered in five years of repurposing cigar boxes into pen boxes.  It seems to me that the folks at EP Carrillo Cigars really try extra hard to create beautiful boxes to showcase their cigars, which then yields a showcase for your pens when I’ve done my work.

The Carrillo Edition Inaugural 2009 is a compact box with a two-toned sculpted lid.  Inside, I’ve stained the formerly unfinished wood, then finished it with Minwax polyurethane satin varnish.  The gold ribbons were added to prevent the lid from opening too far.  I chose a tan pen tray to maintain the multi-tones of brown.

The pen tray has eight individual velour-flocked compartments.

PLEASE NOTE: The maximum pen length is 5 1/4 inches.

The box measures 9 inches by 6 1/2 inches by 1 3/4 inches and I’ve added a 2mm thick foam pad on the bottom to prevent sliding or scratching your surfaces.

NOTE: The box pictured here was sold, but I have an identical box which I have not yet worked on.  It can be finished similarly to this box, but you would have your choice of pen tray color: Beige (pictured), Black, Red, Burgundy, or Hunter Green.

The Carrillo Edition Inaugural 2009 Eight Pen Box is priced at $40 plus shipping. If you are interested, please email me at BamaPen@jehubbard.com and include your ZIP Code or location for a mailing cost quote.

I accept payment by PayPal or if you prefer I can email an invoice which you can pay securely with a credit or debit card.

I mail by USPS Priority Mail in the US and by USPS International First Class Package outside the US.

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Renoir – Five Pen Box

Renoir box closedUnlike most of my pen boxes, this one began life as a box holding greeting cards with artwork by Renoir.  Beautifully reproduced on the lid is Luncheon of the Boating Party, completed by the artist in 1881.

The lid is held closed by an embedded magnet.

Inside I have added a tan velour flocked pen tray that holds five pens, each up to 6 3/4 inches long, in individual compartment.  Underneath, I’ve attached four soft foam “feet” to prevent scratching of your table or desk surface and to minimize undue sliding around.

Outside, the box measures 7 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches by 1 3/4 inches.

The Renoir Luncheon of the Boating Party five pen box is priced at $30 plus mailing cost.  If you are interested, please email me at BamaPen@jehubbard.com and be sure to include your location or ZIP Code for a mailing cost quote.

I accept payment by PayPal or if you prefer I can email an invoice which you can pay securely with a credit or debit card.

I ship by USPS Priority Mail in the US and by USPS International First Class Package outside the US.

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