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David Dolifka

David’s first memory of woodworking dates back to when he was only five years old, helping grandpa hot-glue cedar shingles to the roof of a bird house. In the many years following, weekends were highlighted by trips to grandpa’s woodshop, where they built everything from toy cars, to bow-and-arrows, to chess sets.

David’s passion for woodworking reached new heights as he secretly studied the art of luthierie (handcrafting guitars), while supposedly studying economics at college. In one particularly memorable and heretofore undisclosed incident, David spilled an entire bucket of varnish – used for sealing guitars – in his college dorm room. Rather than admitting to his mistake (using a dorm as a woodshop…), he “fixed” the varnish-stained floorboards by secretly resurfacing and resealing the entire floo

Beyond his work on musical instruments, David is an accomplished carpenter and furniture building. He currently lives inside a barn he personally renovated; the furniture is of course entirely handmade. A lifelong craftsman, his diverse background in woodworking culminates in his skill and passion for penturning. To date, he has handcrafted over four thousand individual writing instruments, as Elder Pens has quickly become one of the preeminent brands in handcrafted luxury pens. Complementing his love of woodturning, David is passionate about identifying and collecting interesting woods. Whether scouring online sources for exotic woods or walking local riverbanks for unique growths, David is always on the lookout for new and interesting ways to reinvent old-fashioned pens. 

David Dolifka