Parks makes and sells speciality pens

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Lisa Parks has created a business making speciality pens. The tools she uses are such that no two pens turn out exactly alike.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 09:47 AM.

Lisa Parks uses tools that would scare most women — and even men.

She admits she loves creating pens so much that she’s be out in the workshop behind her Newport home past 10 o’clock most nights running a lathe and a miter saw and a drill press.

"It’s just the solitude. It’s just me and that. It clears my mind and I don’t have to worry about anything," Parks said.

Parks makes specialty pens turned from exotic hardwood and uniquely colored acrylic blanks.

Parks had been noticing the appealing shapes and colors of high quality crafted pens in stores while working with her husband, Shawn Parks, of W.S. Parks Contracting, and that led to the creation of a business called Pens by Lisa.

"I had them on the shelves and I just fell in love with them, and after about four years of him listening to me say how much I liked them, he bought me the tools and got me started," Parks said.

Her husband, who builds furniture as a hobby, had to show her a few pointers about the power tools.

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