About Us

Barnwood Pens desires to preserve a small part of the rich history of barns built in America.


Founder John Stuart’s personal hobby of pen turning is combined with his desires to preserve classic Americana. This can be seen in each pen’s natural patina including the imperfections that add to the beauty.


Barns built in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s were constructed using locally available materials. In Southern Indiana this includes red and white oak as well as poplar and chestnut  

The Wood

John prefers to use cross ties because they were in the barn at an angle and were less susceptible to water damage. Siding also works well but must be inspected closely for rot and water damage. Large beams are reserved for special projects.


Turning barnwood provides a glimpse into the history of the barn and its bones. As the piece is turned, I get to see the splendor of the wood be it a knot, a worm hole or variation in the grain. Nail holes show the painstaking construction of the building and I can envision the hands that placed them there. We’re losing many of our historic barns and out buildings. I am grateful to be able to preserve a piece of history through my craft.


If you have a special piece of wood from a family barn, heirloom or tree, Barnwood Pens can transform this into a keepsake. Pens can be created using as little as 6″ of 3/4″ x 3/4″ stock. If you’re interested in custom work, please Contact Us.

Other Products

In addition to barnwood pens, we can make keychains, corkscrews, wine bottle stoppers, and more. We have access to many different wood species and acrylics that turn into wonderful products. Please Contact Us if you’re interested.

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