A number of months ago I was approached by a gentleman who had a piece of teak wood kicking around his garage for years. He asked me if it would be possible for me to make him some pens from this wood. I duly obliged and made him four lovely pens, which he was delighted with.
He came back a little while later and ordered four more. He noticed that I had lasered a pen with a name for another customer and asked how I accomplished that. I explained that I had a laser that does this kind of work. He asked if I could laser "HMS Caroline 1914" for him into the pens. This got me wondering about this request.
You can imagine my shock when he informed me that the wood I had turned the pens from was 100 years old and was part of the decking of this famous ship which played such a major role in the Battle of Jutland in the First World War. It was a lovely feeling to handle a piece of wood with such history attached to it.
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I love items like the pens you did for this man, Terry. It's special to know that you're holding a small piece of history.
Terry, you might want to join and then share this link with members of the following WG groups -- Irish Military History, Blue, Gray and Green; and Living History -- another great way to market to subniches on The Wild Geese.
Ryan, I agree -- there is something extraordinary and spiritual about holding history in one's hand.
Can we get the story of how this fellow came to acquire that planking? Sounds like a fascinating story in its own right. Here's the HMS Caroline's story, via Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMS_Caroline_%281914%29