This month the El Brujo Archaeological Complex’s online shop launched an innovative luxury item: Cao Museum Pens. These pens are made of turned wood and handcrafted by the German artisan Rüdiger Schulz, who was inspired by his trip to Peru.

Let’s learn more about this artist, who has created these beautiful pieces of wood.

Wood, art and fascination with Peru

Rüdiger Schulz is a German citizen who has been living in Spain for many years. In the 90’s he visited Peru and worked as a food technologist in Tetra Pak and as a consultant to the engineer Irma Azañero Chalán in the dairy company INDERLAC.

It was during this decade when he started to fall in love with Peruvian history and culture. During his time in Peru he visited iconic places such as Ollantaytambo, Sacsayhuaman, Machu Picchu and Pachacamac. Also, while he was in Lima he travelled south to the province of Ica and San Vicente de Cañete. While in Madrid, he had seen many presentations and museum exhibitions about Inca, Paracas and Moche cultures in the Museum of the Americas. This instilled in him a great interest in the culture of the ancient inhabitants of Peru, and even more so, of the state of preservation of various art pieces and textiles.

Wooden ballpoint pens: a small work of art converted into a luxury gift

Rüdiger dedicates his free time to woodwork, especially to carving pens. For this work he uses mostly old Spanish olive wood. He uses it by itself or combined with American woods such as Amazonian mahogany, wood from the northern carob tree, rosewood, and  ebony. Currently, his pens are being exhibited in craft fairs in Berlin and Madrid.

Pens from the Cao Museum

The pens from the Cao Museum are already on sale in the Cao Museum’s store and in El Brujo’s online store. These pens would make a great luxury Christmas gift for that friend or relative who loves Peruvian culture.

Rüdiger says he was inspired to make these pens when he saw some photographs of excavations in the El Brujo Archaeological Complex. Here he he discovered the use of ancient carob wood, which served to protect the tombs for centuries. This wood is comparable to “Mooreiche” Oak, which is found in Rüdiger’s native Germany. This oak wood has also been excellently preserved due to the absence of oxygen, since it is usually submerged in wetlands, swamps or muddy land.

The wood’s great state of preservation intrigued Rüdiger, who wondered if it was possible to get some scraps from this ancient trunk in order to use to craft his pens.

Using this as inspiration, Rüdiger Schulz prepared a range of luxury pens, handcrafted with pieces of olive tree trunk and tropical plants from the Amazon. The fruit of his efforts is an interesting artistic and artisan work now known as the “Cao Museum Pen”.