History: This pen was handcrafted from a Box Elder Maple (Acer negundo) that grew in Harvard's Arnold Arboretum. The Arnold Arboretum has an extensive collection of maples (Acer spp.), containing 141 of the approximately 230 botanical taxa from around the world. Because of its diverse and numerous holdings of wild-collected maples, the Arnold Arboretum is designated as one of the North American Plant Collections Consortium’s maple collection sites. Box Elder Maple is famous for its distinctive red coloring, which is most likely produced by the tree as a nonspecific host response to wounding.
- Ballpoint ink cartridge
- Box and card explaining the history of the wood