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Millermark Pens at ArtWalk

Article Published: Mar. 20 | Modified: Mar. 20
Millermark Pens at ArtWalk

ArtWalk is now showcasing Millermark Pens, the work of woodturner James Miller.

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This week, ArtWalk is featuring Millermark Pens, a line of hand-turned pens crafted by woodturner James Miller of Boomer.

Miller is a field computer technician for MDI in Hickory and operates Millermark Pens as a side business out of the barn behind his family’s house.

According to Miller, his whole family — wife Kristi and children Ben, Carolina and Abi Rose — gets involved with his pen-making by searching the woods together for various types of wood suitable for turning into pens. Miller also crafts pens out of deer antlers, bullets and various materials, such as coffee beans, birdseed and split peas encased in resin.

The pens are made by drilling a hole through the center of two pieces, inserting a brass tube to hold the ink barrel and then shaping the pen on a lathe. Miller sands it on the lathe and achieves a smooth, glasslike finish by applying a powerful adhesive to the outside.

Miller can be seen turning his pens on an old treadle lathe at various area festivals and, occasionally, on the sidewalk outside of ArtWalk. Through the month of March, Miller’s pens are 10 percent off in-store and can be found on ArtWalk’s main level.

ArtWalk is located at 611 W. King St. in downtown Boone. For more information, call (828) 264-9998, email ( , or visit

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