About Tree Ring Pens
Tree Ring LLC was founded in 2009 to manufacture and sell fine writing instruments and watches that commemorate milestones of individuals, society, and natural history through the growth rings of a tree. Trained as a forest ecologist, Dave Wager came up with the idea for the tree ring pen while in graduate school. While spending hours in the research lab counting and measuring tree rings, he discovered that a tree’s rings could be displayed beautifully on a wooden pen. By removing a cross-section of wood from a log, Wager could form a pen blank that included tree’s annual growth rings, from the center pith to the outer layer of bark. The pen-making remained a hobby while Wager pursued a career promoting responsible forestry through the Forest Stewardship Council. In 2009, Wager decided to turn the hobby into a business and launched Tree Ring LLC. In 2011, Wager began designing a watch with a slice of a very small tree as the face of the watch. After three years of tinkering, the Tree Ring watch was launched in the fall of 2014.