My name is Casey Martin, and I am the owner and only employee of Wine Country Woodworks. You may know me from Youtube, or from Wine Country Pens, my other business. I am a 21 year old college student, from Sebastopol, California. I am currently going to school at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, studying Agribusiness.
I took woodshop as a freshmen in high school, and although I only took one year of it, I became really interested in it. However it wasn’t until I started wood turning over a year ago, that I really got interested in wood working and all that wood turning has to offer. I love my hobby and turning it into a business has been a ton of fun as well.
My pen blanks has been a relatively new venture that I have undergone. Being raised in Sonoma County, the heart of the Wine Country, right next to Napa, I have been surrounded by vineyards all my life. Once I got into casting pen blanks with Alumilite, it occurred to me that casting grapevine for “worthless wood” or hybrid pen blanks, would be perfect. I also noticed that no one else does it, and so it is a solid little niche that I have.
My grapevine pen blanks are sandblasted to remove all bark, then stabilized in Cactus Juice resin, and only cast in Alumilite. This process results in the highest quality grapevine pen blanks possible.
I’m Zac and I am the one man band here at NV Woodwerks. I got into woodworking as a hobby almost a decade ago when I wanted to build my own office furniture. Although that office furniture never did get built, I’m proud of the countless other creations I’ve made as a result of wanting that office furniture!
Since then, I’ve honed my skills and now sell my creations. I specialize in wood turnings, and enjoy crafting beautiful pens and razor handles. I love working with wood and acrylic. Creating works of art that incorporate unique materials such as sagebrush into my work has opened up a whole new world of creativity and design for me, and I thoroughly enjoy cooking up new ideas and ways to make one of a kind turnings.
After learning how to pour, dye, and cast my own acrylic pen blanks, I have also decided to offer custom made pen blanks to other wood turners to use. I get just as much (if not more) enjoyment seeing what others create with my blanks as I do turning my own pens!
Although I love wood turning, I still love making functional works of art out of wood off the lathe. I love making wedding ring bearer boxes, wine accessories and kitchen items as well. Being able to balance woodworking, turning, and acrylics keeps me busy and happy.