I enjoyed the article about gift making in the shop. That is THE primary product made in mine! It usually starts with an idea my wife has for someone in particular or for a certain piece of wood that has caught her eye.
This year it was my idea to make pen and pencil sets for my family and friends. The common theme is that all of the pens are made from Bethlehem Olive. So they will treasure the product for another reason than it was handcrafted by me (although I like hearing that it is the reason!) The pencils are all from various other species, but make a nice compliment to the olive wood.
And thanks again for connecting all of us woodworkers with Santa’s woodshop!
– Ray Curtis
Citrus Heights, CA