Working with brush and ink, a brush/pen rest is essential. These handsomely crafted brush/pen rests serve triple-duty: brushes, pens (particularly for fountain pens and dip pens —even your ballpoint and pencil have a place so you can find them). But they also have a small flat surface that will easily serve as an ink stick rest for those of us who work in this ancient medium. I bought both the mahogany and beechwood versions. The differences are subtle and both are n elegant addition to my work space.