The Desk


I lose pens constantly, and I haven’t slept through the night in months. (Not because I lose pens.) But one turned out to be a remedy for the other.

My dad has said for years that he solves the problems of the world when he wakes up in the middle of the night. So while I was awake at 3am the other night, pondering the desk I was working on for a customer in Chaddsford, PA, I kept thinking about how many of my pens were probably turning into fossils under piles of sawdust in my workshop. (I used to be “type A” when I held an office job. The operative word here is “used” to be…)  Then I thought about how cool it would be to make the desk with a unique, simple, built-in pen/pencil holder. If you’re working at your desk, the last thing you want to do is get back up and rummage through a drawer in the kitchen (or pile of sawdust) to try to find a writing utensil. Or maybe you welcome the distraction. I don’t know. But by 4am, I was so excited about trying out this idea that it was really hard not to fire up the drill at that hour. I even rationalized in my head that it was better than running the chainsaw.  (You’re welcome, hubby.)


With a pallet wood border, the pen/pencil holders almost blend into the piece. The pallet  border frames a beautiful, 200-year old piece of barn wood. The legs are designed out of reclaimed split rail fencing and pallet planks. And the desk top holds six pens/pencils.

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I do fear that problem solving at that hour is only going to make my insomnia worse. But for now, my dad is onto something, even though my caffeine intake has drastically increased…


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The Desk:  please contact me for a quote  – prices vary depending on the table size.

(As pictured: 29″ tall x 39″ wide x 15 1/2″ deep)

About Mel

My name is Mel, and I spend my time living, working and playing on the east coast. I'm a reclaimed wood artist who loves to continually find ways to repurpose wood and give it new life. "Nature Calls: Reclaimed Wood Designs" is my business dedicated to doing that! Thanks for stopping by!
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2 Responses to The Desk

  1. Libby says:

    Just love this desk, Mel. I could see it as a studio/artist’s table too, with little holes for paintbrushes!!

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