Parks makes and sells speciality pens

Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 09:47 AM.

"She wasn’t ignorant by any means," Shawn Parks said. "She had the basics down and I just gave her a little guidance. She’s worked beside me on the job for over 20 years now, so she’s been around me long enough to know how to deal with tools and how to handle them. Once I gave her some of the insight on the first few basic techniques, she’s been off and running on her own. It’s pretty well a standard to her now."

Lisa Parks uses local and more exotic hardwoods for her pens. Some of the woods come from South America and Africa.

They include black walnut, oak, cocobolo, bacote, laminated woods, cedar, sassafras, tulip wood, sapele and marble wood.

"I prefer the harder woods," she said. "They are easier to turn for me. They make a more durable pen."

Each pen starts with a block of wood or acrylic that is drilled precisely for the pen tube, then gouged down to a unique shape while turning at high speed on a lathe. The parts are then pressed together and joined with a center clip, twist mechanism, ink refill, cap, tips and clip to form the whole body of the pen.

She said her unique business is tied to the uniqueness of each pen she creates.

"They may be the same pen kit but the blank is turned different," she said. "They’re hardly ever two identical."

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