Hand-made with affection

@JudyEv (254979)
Rockingham, Australia
June 24, 2020 8:55am CST
Vince has four brothers. One is two years older and belongs to a Men’s Shed group in Bunbury, a city in Western Australia. Men’s Sheds vary in some of their features but all are designed to provide fellowship and support to men. Some have well-equipped workshops; others might have discussions groups. Like us, Vince’s brother is retired and has been honing his wood-working skills on his visits to the group he belongs to. For Vince’s birthday, he produced this beautifully crafted biro. It has been turned on a lathe. The timber is jarrah, a reddish wood native to Australia. The bulge makes it very comfortable to hold, especially for those who might be suffering from arthritis or stiff fingers. It's always nice to receive a hand-made gift and Vince is very proud of his new biro.
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@andriaperry (114466)
• Anniston, Alabama
24 Jun 20
Its so nice! What a talent he has.
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@JudyEv (254979)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Jun 20
Some of them do some beautiful work. With the tools being available, it saves the men having to buy their own
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@arunima25 (66420)
• Bangalore, India
24 Jun 20
Hand made gifts always have more personal touch. And this one definitely looks a beautiful piece of artAnd it definitely is thoughtful for people with arthritis and stiff fingers
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@JudyEv (254979)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Jun 20
It is a really nice gift. All his close rellies are hoping they might receive one at some stage.
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@arunima25 (66420)
• Bangalore, India
25 Jun 20
@JudyEv So his hands need to work more.I too would love to have such a lovely hand made gift.
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• United States
24 Jun 20
That's nice and it looks comfortable to use.
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@JudyEv (254979)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Jun 20
It is nice to use. I remember being give 'fat' dip and scratch pens at school.
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@Sojourn (12137)
• India
24 Jun 20
Looks like a peculiar pen!
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@JudyEv (254979)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Jun 20
It actually fits in your hand quite nicely.
@garymarsh6 (22831)
• United Kingdom
24 Jun 20
This type of gift is far more cherishable than a shop bought one because it has been made with sweat and skill by the person who made it and is personal to you! It is a lovely looking pen and I hope Vince gets many years use out of it.
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@JudyEv (254979)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Jun 20
Thanks. And behind every such gift is at least one or two failures while you were learning
@jayanth_77 (7306)
• India
24 Jun 20
Beautifully crafted pen. The bulge is unusually large but looks ideal for people with arthritis and stiff fingers.
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@JudyEv (254979)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Jun 20
It sits in the hand very nicely and doesn't feel a bit awkward.
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@FourWalls (36170)
• United States
24 Jun 20
That is absolutely beautiful. I haven’t reached the point of needing an arthritis-friendly pen yet.
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@JudyEv (254979)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Jun 20
Even if you don't have arthritis, it still fits in your hand nicely.
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@wolfgirl569 (48811)
• Marion, Ohio
24 Jun 20
That looks great. Those are the best gifts.
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@JudyEv (254979)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Jun 20
Thanks. I think so too.
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• India
24 Jun 20
Yes there is no match of a hand made gift and this looks very good
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@JudyEv (254979)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Jun 20
A lot of thought and practice has gone into making such a pen.
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@DocAndersen (50272)
• United States
25 Jun 20
that is the coolest pen! I am always amazed by those that can turn wood into a work of art!
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@JudyEv (254979)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Jun 20
It is certainly an art. I guess you get better with practice but some never really learn the skill.
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@DocAndersen (50272)
• United States
25 Jun 20
@JudyEv i am in the some that cannot learn!
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@JudyEv (254979)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Jun 20
@DocAndersen I'm sure you have many other talents.
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@FayeHazel (37169)
• United States
26 Jun 20
That is really nice. I love the idea of men's sheds.
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@JudyEv (254979)
• Rockingham, Australia
27 Jun 20
They can talk about their issues hopefully - men's health and all that. Many have a strong membership of Vietnam vets who find the company therapeutic.
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@FayeHazel (37169)
• United States
29 Jun 20
@JudyEv Oh yes, so good for them to get another male perspective and have friendships. I feel so much for the Vietnam Vets - many here went over there and then when they came home had a harsh welcoming
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@JudyEv (254979)
• Rockingham, Australia
30 Jun 20
@FayeHazel Our poor sods were snuck in through the back door and had a terrible time of it for years. They were all conscripts so they had no say in whether they went or not.
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@Juliaacv (58827)
• Canada
25 Jun 20
Its a beautiful coloured wood. He did a great job on the gift. My husband used to have a wood lathe, he turned out some amazing things when he had it. He eventually sold it as he didn't feel that he used it enough.
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@JudyEv (254979)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Jun 20
We inherited my Dad's lathe but eventually sold it. This is a candlestick Dad made from banksia wood.
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@Juliaacv (58827)
• Canada
25 Jun 20
@JudyEv I think that the best part of working with your own tools is that whatever you turn out is unique and one of a kind. My husband made some spindles that were installed into a home that we used to live in.
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@JudyEv (254979)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Jun 20
@Juliaacv My mother hand-painted some china tiles which were installed in a kitchen in one of our houses. They were special too. I'm sure the spindles were very nice. Very unique, as you say.
@MmaiLuv (989)
• Indonesia
5 Feb
That looks great,he did a good job and the best gifts.
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@JudyEv (254979)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Feb
It makes a really lovely gift I think.
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@MmaiLuv (989)
• Indonesia
5 Feb
@JudyEv i think so too,im agree
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@Hannihar (117951)
• Israel
2 Jul 20
@JudyEv That was so nice what his brother did for his birthday.
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@JudyEv (254979)
• Rockingham, Australia
2 Jul 20
The pen is really nice to write with.
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@Hannihar (117951)
• Israel
2 Jul 20
@JudyEv I am glad.
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@DianneN (238155)
• United States
25 Jun 20
That is absolutely beautiful and so well done.
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@JudyEv (254979)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Jun 20
I was really impressed. My birthday is coming up and I'm keeping my fingers crossed. It might be a good idea if I dropped a hint or two.
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@DianneN (238155)
• United States
26 Jun 20
@just4him (255006)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
25 Jun 20
It's beautiful!
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@JudyEv (254979)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Jun 20
Thanks. I thought so too.
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@just4him (255006)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 Jun 20
@thelme55 (72886)
• Germany
24 Jun 20
That is a wonderful gift. I like it. It is beautifully made.
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@JudyEv (254979)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Jun 20
It looks really professional and is very comfortable to use.
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@thelme55 (72886)
• Germany
25 Jun 20
@JudyEv yes, it does. Enjoy your Thursday.
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@Tampa_girl7 (47200)
• United States
30 Jun 20
I agree. I love handmade gifts .
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@JudyEv (254979)
• Rockingham, Australia
30 Jun 20
Generally a lot of effort and thought go into hand-made gifts.
@Jessicalynnt (50611)
• Centralia, Missouri
27 Jun 20
I dont think we have a thing like that here, men's sheds. I want a woman's shed now
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@JudyEv (254979)
• Rockingham, Australia
28 Jun 20
It started off all about Vietnam Vets and men's health. But now they're open to all men.
@snowy22315 (123442)
• United States
25 Jun 20
That is pretty cool! Handmade stuff is the best. However, once my mother got into jewelry making, she made me an owl bracelet and it fell apart... She told me she could fix it, but I forgot to bring it back to her.
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@JudyEv (254979)
• Rockingham, Australia
25 Jun 20
Some home-made stuff doesn't always cut it. We always worry a bit about the glue holding when we glue something.