[Sold] The Woodpecker – original art fountain pen


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Lisa Strachan’s The Woodpecker was inspired by a tapestry designed by William Morris. A poet, designer, artist and activist, Morris was at the forefront of the British Arts and Crafts movement,  His fabric designs, tapestries, carpets, wallpapers and tiles all went against the grain of the Victoria era, which championed industrialisation and mass production, and instead he focused on making products by hand. Lisa can relate to this philosophy as she has recently completed a commission that involved embroidering 5m of fabric. Her painting of The Woodpecker pen was also a labour of love … it took her three solid weeks and many revisions until she was happy with it. The end result is superb and she has interpreted the original Woodpecker tapestry in her own style and made it dramatic and luxuriant.

The Woodpecker is linked to a poem by Morris, which draws on a legend from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. It involves King Picus of Latium who was famous for using birds, and a woodpecker in particular, for divining the will of the gods. The sorceress Circe tried to seduce him, but when he rejected her advances she turned him into a woodpecker. Here is a photo of the original tapestry, which was designed by William Morris and made under his strict supervision at Merton Abbey:

Lisa Strachan’s rich interpretation of The Woodpecker is an original, one-of-a-kind work of art painted on to a pen made by us at Stanford Pen Studio. By encasing the painting in clear resin we enable to owner to carry it and use it on a daily basis without damaging the artwork.

This pen has a sterling silver cap band, section ring and logo medallion that is embedded in the cap’s finial. We have added a glossy black grip section, and Lisa’s initials are painted on the base of the barrel.


Available in Jowo #6 in polished steel. Please select Fine, Medium or Broad at the check-out.

The Jabulani model


This is a gently curvaceous model, with a girth of 16 mm (0,6”), narrowing to a 10,7 mm (0,4”) grip section. The relatively large size of the model is to allow the artist sufficient space for their artwork, and the artwork is encased in a layer of clear resin to protect it from getting damaged during day-to-day use. Our logo medallion is embedded in the cap finial which is ever-so-slightly rounded, and the barrel finial is ever-so-slightly conical. The cap is a flush-fit and does not post. The Jabulani model usually comes with a hand-made, cap band and section ring in either Argentium silver or bronze, though this may differ depending on what best suits the artwork. Custom hand-crafted roll stops can be added.


mm inches
Total length (closed) 157 6,2
Length (pen only no cap) 141 5,5
Diameter at widest point (excl. cap) 16 0,6
Width of section at narrowest point 10,7 0,4
Section length 30 1,2
Cap thread 13 0,5

We supply our pens with a Jowo #6 nib, alternatively the section can be made to fit a Bock #6 if requested.

Refill type:

Standard international fountain pen converter (supplied) or ink cartridge.


International shipping to your door via DHL Express is R350 and should take less than 10 days once despatched. Pens are securely packed.

Shipping within South Africa to your door is R60.

More information on this model is available here.