Parks makes and sells speciality pens

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

Lately she has been adding clips with crystals, rifles, medical insignias, fish, golf clubs, baseball bats or anything to make it unique for the purchaser. Marine Corps and other service emblems are popular as well, she said.

New items she has added are 50-caliber bullet pens made from actual spent shells.

She has branched out a bit with her woodworking skills to make lathe-turned salt and paper shakers, paper cutters, ice cream scoops, trivets, perfume applicators and key chains.

"I want to stay with small. I don’t want to go with big items," she said. "The salt and pepper grinders are about as big as I want to go. I’ll leave the big woodworking to my husband."

Her focus is still the pens, matching the colors and hues of the woods and acrylics she turns.

"I try to put them together with the color of the pen and the blank to try to make a good color combination," she said. "Sometimes they look beautiful and other times you wish you hadn’t put that color combination together. But what I don’t like, somebody else loves. It’s a win-win situation."

Over the course of the last year, she made more than 100 pens that range in price from $22 to $50. She has sold them mostly at special events, such as craft fairs in Morehead City and New Bern, and even at Annunciation Catholic School’s Scoogefest in Havelock.

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