My name is Alex and I am 12 years old. I make custom pens to raise money for college. I made this video showing the steps to make a celtic knot pen from a log at a sawmill to the finished pen. www.pensforcollege.com

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Comment by Martin Jaramillo on May 31, 2012 at 7:25am
Nice work lefy. Best wishe in your future endeavors.
Comment by craig on August 23, 2011 at 12:45pm

Alex... get a featherboard, your too young to go without fingers!

Congrats on the business, go to school for business, it looks like your gonna need it...I bet youll have a great shop when you get older and you'll do good...because I said so. lol And keep your head straight, stay focused but also, go have some fun. Make loads of friends and keep doing your wood working. Do you turn anything else? bowls? vases? Good luck in your future, I wish you all the best in the world!


Comment by Tinhead on March 24, 2011 at 11:06am
alex just saw your video. it's good to see a young man willing to do good work so he will be a productive member of the US. Keep going you will be a millionaire one day! I would like to get more information of how to buy one of your pens. do you have a catalog yet?
Comment by Leonard Norton on February 4, 2011 at 4:35pm
I am unable to view the video. No video showing on my end...
Comment by Helen Kelley on October 29, 2010 at 11:25am
Like all the others who have commented, Alex is talented and creative. His pens are beautiful, and can inspired other creative people to do that which they thought might be impossible. Yes, it is obvious that his family does not lack money--parents are probably both professionals. However, this does not take about from this young man's drive; for so many young people today take things for granted and do not value money. Obviously his family has taught him the value of working! I am an avid fountain pen collector (retired), and would love to purchase one of his pens, not because he needs the money, but to support any young person with such dedication.
Comment by Jeff Perry on February 17, 2010 at 1:56pm
Excellent video, and great workmanship. From what i seen in the video (shop and equipment and you) woodworking isn't a minor hobby in your family, and your talent shows in the quality and care you put into your work, excellent.
Comment by MEUNIER on January 23, 2010 at 9:29am
It's good idea to gluing differents woods for making pen.
Thank you to showing video how to make it.
Comment by Rick Musselman on November 15, 2009 at 8:47am

Thank you so much for sharing your video and "pens for college" project with all of us. First of all, I want to say how refreshing it is to see someone your age as a woodworker. Seeing young men and women your age in a woodworking shop gives me hope for the future.

Secondly, I have to say, most students don't have access to the resources/workshop such as you. I'm sure your father is an accomplished woodworker and has helped guide you. Another wonderful part of your story.

So, do you attend public school, private school or are you homeschooled? My guess is homeschool.

Thanks again for bringing smiles to our faces!
Comment by sandy shelton on November 14, 2009 at 11:24am
can you give the directions on how you made the knot, I think this is a beautiful pen would like to try it for myself
Comment by Rick LoDico on November 13, 2009 at 6:38pm
Too cool! Excellent work.

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