Welcome! It's good to see you here.
We are Andy Deschacht and Laura Garcia Belli, the "G-D team".
It all started as "Enlightened Wood". That project was the result of putting our hearts and imagination to make one-of-a-kind creations in wood.
It was a period of improvement, research and challenges.
Based on the same concept we created our first writing instruments and decided to start with GARCIA - DESCHACHT, crafting pens using special wood and other high quality materials for their designs.
High-end & handcrafted, unique & original, not mass/serial production.
Something special...That's what we love to create upgrading continuously our working and artistic skills.
In each pen that we finish we see a functional artwork that beams a lot of important values for us: quality, dedication, creativity, love, singularity, respect and gratitude...
"There is no lighter burden, nor more agreeable, than a pen.
Other pleasures fail us or wound us while they charm, but the pen we take up rejoicing and lay down with satisfaction, for it has the power to advantage not only its lord and master, but many others as well, even though they be far away — sometimes, indeed, though they be not born for thousands of years to come"
— F. Petrarch
Creating our pens involves -principally- the use of a wood and a metal lathe to craft all the parts of the writing instruments.
Except for the pre-made nibs (or nib units) everything is "made in-house" starting from the raw materials.
Pen kits and/or automatic machinery don't belong to our work -it wouldn't fit with our concept-.
Each pen is made one by one, without following a standard model/design. In this way, each piece is unique, a limited edition by itself.
To make the grip section, body, cap or / and ornaments we employ materials such as :
Aluminium, Copper, Bronze & 925 Silver (Gold by request)
The buffalo horn blanks are a byproduct of processing.
(The animals are not harvested for their horns)
We choose different types of wood, special for us because of their source or individual characteristics. We only use stabilized -mostly by us- pieces.
The purpose of stabilizing wood is to make it more durable and less prone to warping or cracking than untreated wood.
This exceptional material was found in several historical excavations placed in Roeselare (Belgium).
Part of this precious wood goes back to the 13th. Century, another part goes back to the Roman times ("Civitas Menapiorum" 100-300 AD) and belonged to waterwells found on the site.
The city decided to share these treasures with some wood artists, to whom we are grateful to belong thanks to Gijs Fieu (VMZ De Ladder), the Intermunicipal Heritage Service RADAR, Willem Hantson (Archeologist /Heritage Consultant RADAR) and Projectvereniging BIE.
Different options of
Bock & Jowo nibs
Pens are pretty much our daily companions...
Although most of us are probably not aware of it, they play an important role in our lives...
A pen can be a piece of art, a practical tool, a wealth carried forward through generations, a gift, a luxury accessory, a memory, a collector's item or /and a piece of history.
Whether a letter, a signature or a note, each person's handwriting is unique and different, like our pens...
We invite you now to discover our work, we guarantee you'll find out in our creations more than a pleasant writing experience...