Mazurka Pens was conceived by me, William Ake, as a way to merge my passion with the arts and my desire to go to college. I have always been very interested in woodworking and music, so combining the two seemed natural. The name Mazurka is a form of dance for which many famous muscians had composed scores.
I am going to college to study to be a dentist, and hope my skills in woodworking will serve me well in the future. College is expensive, so I decided to take the initiative to find a way to pay for college, by myself. Hand turning pens was my way of satisfying my artistic desires while honing the skills I will need to be a dentist.
Over the last year, my sister Sarah has been apprenticing with me, learning how to make pens as well. She is studying oboe and will be helping to make some of the pens as well. She is planning on attending college as well, and hopes to learn new skills.
I hope that you enjoy using these handcrafted pens as much as I did creating them.