About Parus Pen


Parus Pen is a sole proprietor shop committed to the craftsmanship of beautiful writing pens, wine or liquor bottle stoppers, and bottle cap openers. I have been drawn to quality pens, especially ones with heft, since I was a kid with an impressive collection of Parker® pens and pencils. As a paperboy, I received many pens and pencils as Christmas gifts from my route customers. I guess this was natural as Parker's world headquarters was in my hometown of Janesville, WI. I also happened to live close to the plant site and enjoyed recovering their dumpster treasure, much to the irritation of the poor man who had to run me off.      

I've enjoyed woodworking for years but only began woodturning about 10 years ago. I use a lathe and traditional woodturning tools and methods to craft everything from rings and twig pots to bowls and miniature birdhouse ornaments. I started Parus Pen in 2015 to offer beautiful one-of-a-kind writing pens, wine or liquor bottle stoppers, and bottle cap openers for sale. For more about the workshop please see my blog post The Summer Shop Slumbers.

Meet the Staff

Dan and Nona

That's me, Dan Ouimet, hugging Nona. I live in rural Wisconsin with my family which manages over the years to never be without a couple dogs and a cat. Henry is the most recent addition to the family. Through the grace of a wonderful rescue network, Henry escaped a life of misery and cruelty in Texas. He's a sweet boy adjusting to his new life and role here in the shop as lead Sleep Coach.


Henry came to us after we lost our Nona. She was our gentle, beautiful girl who excelled as an enthusiastic Lunch Supervisor here at Parus Pen. She was also a rescue from Texas who endured a lot through cruciate ligament surgery and cancer treatments. We lost our girl to cancer in September of 2021. 

Clara is also a rescue from Mississippi. She's a bossy little chiweenie with a personality that makes her ideal in her role as Security.

Mao Mao the cat is also a rescue. Although she is quite unsure of why new dogs join the family, her background in stress management made her a perfect fit for the Fitness Director position.

Clara the Chiweenie
Mao Mao

Read more about Parus Pen in the story done by the newspaper, Isthmus. Thank you for visiting my website! I appreciate the time you've taken to look at my work and your support of a very tiny business in America.