|Wooden Pens from Woodcraft Turn-a-Thon On Their Way to American Service PersonnelBack to Press Releases
|PARKERSBURG, W. VA. – (December 2012) More than 10,000 American service personnel on active duty and in rehabilitation facilities will be receiving handmade wooden pens, thanks to Woodcraft retail customers and employees.
Woodturners gathered at Woodcraft stores all over the country on Veterans Day weekend for the ninth annual Turn for Troops National Turn-a-thon to make the one-of-a-kind wood pens – 10,678 this year.
Among the turners at the Parkersburg, West Virginia, store was Alan Haught of Harrisville, whose son, Major Deron Haught, is retired from the U.S. Army. “I like to let them know that there are people who care and think about them. Deron served in Iraq, so I know the feeling of having a loved one in danger,” Haught said. “I put a card in with the pen and tell what kind of wood it is. I name the wood to give them a sense of something back home too. I usually get a few messages back each year from some of them too – cards and emails.”
Haught has participated in the Turn for Troops event for four years. Like many of the turners, he learned to turn pens in a Woodcraft class, a gift from his daughter, Lori Milner, Woodcraft marketing manager, who joined him for the class.
Including the 2012 total, the volunteer woodturners have crafted 97,717 of the unique pens since the first Woodcraft Turn for Troops National Turn-a-thon in 2004.
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