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"Texas Story Pens" are a unique combination of functional art and Texas history.   A connection between natural materials and a true story from our past.

I personally handcraft each pen using natural materials from sites in Texas at, or near, the known location where an event actually took place, and combine it with the story of what happened there. 

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Click on the title to read the story

Spanish Texas

1519-1683 ~ 1690-1821

1630

A beautiful young nun brings the word of God to the Indians in West Texas, as well as bluebonnets.  And all from the comfort of her room...in Spain

Mexican Texas

1821-1836

August 1833

Josiah Wilbarger's scouting party was attacked by Indians and he was left for dead. But he got some unexpected help during the night from his sister, who was in Missouri at the time.

The Texas Revolution

1835-1836

October 2, 1835

The citizens of Gonzales knew something wasn't right when the Mexican army wanted their little junk cannon back to "...protect San Antonio?"

1835-1836

The Texas Revolution

March 11, 1836

The news of the fall of the Alamo reaches the Texian Army at Gonzales.  Sam Houston orders a retreat and spreads the word for all settlers to head east and try to get out of Texas alive.  Easier said, than done.

The Texas Revolution

1835-1836

March 19, 1836

The Beason family struggles to build a working community on the banks of the Brazos River, only to be caught between the Texian and Mexican armies.

The Texas Revolution

1835-1836

Served- March 1836 - 1847

Fourteen year-old "Rufe" served Texas during the revolution, and as a Texas Ranger survived an Indian attack and lived to tell about it.

The Texas Revolution

1835-1836

March 27, 1836

In the group taken out of Goliad towards the south, Dillard escaped the massacre, but had hard travels to survive being caught.

The Texas Revolution

1835-1836

March 27, 1836

Under the circumstances, surviving the initial massacre at Goliad was miraculous.  Avoiding recapture was now his greatest task at hand.  His survival was helped by being in the right places at the right time, and a dog.

The Texas Revolution

1835-1836

March 27, 1836

He was lucky at playing cards, and lucky to have escaped being shot.  But would his luck hold out as he ran for his life across an open prairie?

The Republic of Texas 

1836-1846

1837

William Barton didn't like to be crowded by neighbors, so when some moved within ten miles of him, he moved his family farther west and settled next to three beautiful springs near the Colorado River.

The Republic of Texas 

1836-1846

August 12, 1840

Outraged Indians plan retaliation against Texas settlers, but they ran into a wall of resistance when they reached Plum Creek.

The Republic of Texas 

1836-1846

September 17, 1842

The citizens of San Antonio were shocked to see Mexican troops invading Texas...again.  A group of brave Texans came to try to help once more.