Master Craftsman Alan Shaw has met people from all walks of life, including three US Presidents: George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.
In 2002 his yearning to collect pens led him to pen-making. He spent four years learning the craft, and in 2006 Alan turned his hobby into a business selling his pens in more than 45 retail and online stores.
Alan describes his work as “Functional art and art that you can carry in your pocket. My work is based on history or science, and I love telling stories through my work.”
He met President George H.W. Bush through the National Constitution Center, for which he created a ‘Founding Fathers’ pen. Then, through an introduction from George H.W. Bush, he met with George W. Bush at the White House to create a Pen set for him. He met Barack and Michelle Obama through the White House and made a pen set for President Obama.
Alan is working on making pen sets commissioned for President Biden and Vice President Harris.
You can view many designs of Shaw Pens writing instruments in person at The Baltimore/Washington International Pen Show March 10-11-12, 2023.