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WABI5: Local Woodturners Craft Pens for Veteran Groups (10/20/2017)

Friday, October 20, 2017   (0 Comments)
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A group of local woodturners have "turned" their hobby into a way to say thank you to area veterans.

They're coming close to putting a cap on their pen project.

TV5 made sure they were dotting the I's and crossing the T's at their Brewer shop on Thursday.

"I got about five guys coming here every Thursday," said Frank Gallant, whose shop served as the host location for the day.

The group of woodworkers would gather around enjoying some food and drink, showing off examples of things they'd made, then an idea.

"What we ought do instead of just sitting around eating brownies and drinking coffee and telling lies, we should in turn, turn some pens," said Frank.

"Money to do this comes from the treasury of our local club, the Eastern Maine Woodturners," said Dan Scott.

"We've been turning pens on Thursdays ever since," added Frank.

What they're doing is making pens to donate to a pair of veteran organizations.

"50 to the veterans of Foreign Wars and we will give the remaining 60 to the hospice program," said Frank.

He added "The process itself is fairly simple and easy. You find a piece of wood that you cut it into small pieces like this. You drill a hole in it, you glue a tube into it like so, and then you turn it down."

"I served during the Vietnam War," said Dan, "I recognized at the time that a lot of those veterans were not well treated when they came back from service. It's somewhat of a smudge on the history of our country."

He added "Being a veteran I feel a responsibility for my brothers and sisters in arms. So that's really why we're doing it."

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