Freedom Pens (25!)

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Project by TheDane posted 12-10-2011 05:38 AM 2105 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished turning 25 pens for the Freedom Pens project.

My local turning club (Coulee Region Woodturners) did a project for Operation Homefront, and as a new turner, I found turning pens fun, and a great skill builder.

I’m also a veteran (SFC, US Army, 1967-1973), and I have a special place for the men and women serving in our Armed Forces.

One day, while browsing the internet looking for turning information, I stumbled onto a YouTube video by a guy in Louisiana who was talking up his club’s Freedom Pens project. I bookmarked the site, and when I finished the pens for our club’s project, went back to his video for a little more study.

The upshot of all of this is that I promised to do 25 pens. My first batch of pen kits arrived 12/1/11.

The Freedom Pens Project is a non-profit organization. They supply FunLine 7mm hardware kits in batches of 25, and ask for a donation of $39 to cover the cost of the kits (they run about $1.30 each) and postage. There’s no time limit, the turner supplies the blanks, and you just mail them back when you are done.

If anybody is interested, send an email to or drop by his website Eddie will get you in touch with Joe ‘Sarge’ Kelly, and help you get things rolling!


P.S. If you are woodturner and you haven’t subscribed to Eddie Castelin’s YouTube channel, I highly recommend it. His videos are fun to watch and informative.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 12-10-2011 06:00 AM

Very nice set of pens. They will be well received!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 12-10-2011 06:18 AM

Thanks for posting this. I am also involved with the Freedom Pen Project. I recently posted pictures of my first round of Blanks and Pen kits that I ordered for it. My original goal was to hit 300 pens but with fundraising and donations I have now reach 450 pens…. Just put another order in today!! Keep turning for the Troops!! I thank you for getting involved with this wonderful project!!

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#3 posted 12-10-2011 06:32 AM

Eddie is a good guy with amusing educational videos. You did a great job on the pens. Good job!!

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#4 posted 12-10-2011 06:41 AM

Nice going Gerry…

COOL bunch!

Merry Christmas!

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#5 posted 12-10-2011 06:52 AM

Great Lookin’ Pens !!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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