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Woodcraft Announces 7th Annual Veterans Day Turn for Troops InitiativeBack to Press Releases
PARKERSBURG, W. VA. July 2010 – Woodcraft stores nationwide will host the seventh annual Turn for Troops National Turn-a-thon Program on Saturday, November 6, the weekend prior to Veterans Day, with the goal of making and then sending thousands of handcrafted wooden pens to American service personnel actively deployed overseas.

“With the help of our customers and local communities, we were able to create more than 62,000 pens during our 2004-2009 turn-a-thon events,” said Jeff Forbes, president of Woodcraft Supply, LLC. “Hundreds of people — many of whom were first-time turners — have donated their time and talents to creating pens for our troops. We hope to beat last year’s total of over 17,000 pens so that even more soldiers can receive them as a constant reminder that people back home remember and appreciate their efforts.”

According to Forbes, pen turning is one of the fastest and easiest woodworking skills to learn and enjoy. It requires few supplies, a small amount of workspace and produces relatively fast results. A first pen project takes about 30 to 45 minutes, but after creating a few pens this time can drop down to just 15 minutes each. “Using basic lathe skills,” Forbes said, “anyone can produce a good quality pen for our troops quickly.”

To participate, contact a Woodcraft store near you. To locate a store or for additional information, visit