What our customers are saying:

"I love my bolt action pen, and looking forward to the mechanical pencil in matching wood." - R. Fischette, Rochester, NY

From a buyer of a Bethlehem olive wood pen and pencil set: "They are absolutely stunning." - L.N. Guzzino, Bound Brook, New Jersey

"Thank you! My wife loves the ice cream scoop -- what a beautiful piece!" -  C. Lindahl. - Raleigh, NC

"I've been looking for a nice pen for my son and am thrilled to give business to someone I have a connection to~ the salt/ pepper mills have me very excited though! Wrapping one up to put under the tree with my name on it ."
- N. Moulton, Honeoye, NY 

"Whenever I’ve given pens and phone stylus stands, consistently I hear…'how beautiful!','can’t wait to try it!', ' how smooth it (the pen) writes,' and 'I want one of those!'

Whenever I’ve placed an online order, the process is smooth, accurately filled, and received in a few business days." – M. Fischette, Canandaigua, NY

 "I have bought several items from NC Pens over the years, both wood and acrylic. Many of these were gifts, and I got lots of compliments on them! The pieces are beautifully crafted, and the materials really enhance the designs. I would definitely buy from them again!" - J. Sandorfi, Yorktown, VA

"I love the design of your pens. I am also happy with the quality and durability of your pens. I've bought them for several family members as gifts and they love them. Thank you NC Pens!" - S. Barsella, Durham, NC

"I have both a pen and mechanical pencil from NC Pens and I love them both!  The pen is slender , well balanced with a smooth finish to the brown/red wood.  The brass colored hardware  provides a beautiful contrast to the wood.   I’ve had it for several years now and recently refilled it with a cross ball point pen refill.  The matching 2 mm lead mechanical pencil is handsome, sturdy and comes with a built-in sharpener.  These days it’s getting harder to find this type of pencil – so glad I have one from NC Pens!" - D. Horan, Newington, CT








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Kevin Peterson
5322 Oakbrook Drive
Durham, NC 27713
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Our Story

Kevin began making woodturnings as a hobby in 2008.  Kevin enjoyed the creative process of working at his lathe and making turnings as gifts so much that he decided to start NC Pens in 2015. Selling his turnings at community events allows Kevin to share his remarkable woodworking skills and knowledge with others. His wife Cece assists with marketing and event registration. We love being a part of our customer’s excitement when they purchase that unique gift for someone they care about. And yes, even if you buy yourself that “I gotta have it” item, it still counts as a gift!

We are Community-Focused

Through our participation in events hosted by community organizations, we are fortunate to have supported:

  • Schools and Preschool Programs in the Durham/Chapel Hill area
  • Local and International Missions
  • Duke Children’s Hospital
  • Non-profit organizations including Dress for Success of the Triangle, Hope Animal Rescue, NC ALS Association
  • Anathoth Community Garden & Farm, Cedar Grove NC
  • A Christmas Eve event for Nashville’s Mothers Over Murder support group

Our Products

We pride ourselves on the use of high-quality parts, fine craftsmanship, and outstanding customer service at an affordable price. Most of our pens take ordinary Cross, Parker, or Rollerball refills which can be purchased at your local office supply store, Walmart, or Amazon.



Our Gallery depicts products that we have made and sold in the past, but not necessarily the products that will be for sale at upcoming craft shows. We welcome you to visit our Gallery to browse some of our products and maybe even get some inspiration for a special order. You do not need to live in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area to buy our products. We ship.


Kevin Peterson was born and raised in Buffalo, NY and received his Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from SUNY Potsdam located in the "North Country."  Kevin moved to sunny and warm Durham, NC in 1985 where he continues to reside with his wife and dog; his son recently graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Kevin is a Software Engineering professional who started making woodturnings as a hobbiest in 2008. A passionate craftsman at his lathe, Kevin creates one of a kind turnings and enjoys working with exotic woods from all around the world, domestic woods from the United States, and acrylics which gives his work a contemporary look.
When not turning wood, Kevin can be seen working with Boy Scouts, smoking meat on his Kamado Grille, and cheering on the Hokies.