What I got
My name is Matthew Martin and I make things with my hands. I operate in the small town of Bridgewater Massachusetts out of a two car garage with my dad. My father's name is RJ Martin and he makes custom knives. Perhaps you have heard of him. His pursuit of excellence in the knife trade inspired me at a young age to take up a craft of my own. As a freshman in Bristol-Plymouth Technical High School, I enrolled into the CAD/CAM technologies shop and begun my journey into creating. I learned the basics of the machine shop and immediately begun a fascination with producing intricate, accurate, beautiful, functioning parts from nothing more than crude blocks of metal. The process of drawing a part, creating a three dimensional model from that drawing, converting that model into a technical drawing, then machining a metal blank to the specified dimensions was a journey from an idea to a tangible piece that I enjoyed immensely.
As my junior year of schooling rolled around, I began to show special interest in a certain type of machine tool, a machine called a lathe. For those who do not know, a lathe is a machine that spins a blank workpiece while stationary tools perform various different cutting operations. This process is often referred to as 'turning' because the blanks are usually round stock that rotate about the centerline of itself. When this process is automated with the use of a computer controlled system, it is called a CNC lathe.
Right after the new year of 2012, my shop teacher volunteered me to enter a regional competition of technical school students in CNC lathe turning, part of a nationwide organization called SkillsUSA that holds competitions in all technical education areas. After placing second in the region's paper test, I qualified to take part of the next level of competition, statewide. During the statewide competition I had to actually program a computer controlled (CNC) lathe to cut the correct features called for in the given drawing, then run and execute the program to make the part. Only three weeks after I learned how to operate this computer controlled lathe, I placed second in the state in the CNC turning competition!
Thrilled with my silver metal, my father loaned me seed money to purchase a CNC lathe of my very own several months later. After uprooting half of my father's shop to install my new machinery, I made my first parts and shortly after, my first pen. I have been making custom writing instruments since July of 2012, a month before I began my senior year of high school and a month after my 17th birthday. Ever since that first batch of pens, I have continually driven myself to create the highest quality pieces that I am capable of.
I have learned many things in the first years of running my own business, and I am sure there is more to come. I strive to make the best products for fair prices while maintaining a personal level of customer service. My father has taught me nearly everything I know about quality production and business integrity.