Slowly, new tools began to appear in the garage/woodshop – a lathe, a circular saw, a tool box on wheels. A woodworking magazine became part of our regular mail delivery. A new hobby had caught Allan’s interest – pen making. He researched on the internet and visited various suppliers in the area. Soon boxes of small blocks of zebrawood, olivewood, and blackwood arrived. There were acrylics, too. He was proud of each new accomplishment as he experimented and learned from his successful and unsuccessful attempts.
As summer turned into fall and became winter, our house was filled with an excess of sixty pens, wine bottle stoppers, even an ice cream scoop. Before he retired at the end of December, he presented each of his co-worker with a hand-turned pen, and just about everyone we know received a pen or bottle stop for Christmas. Several of our friends suggested Allan start a new business, but he isn’t interested in selling his creations. His joy comes in the giving.