Space Coast Woodturners honor veterans with craft



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I have said many times before that when it comes to honoring veterans, Brevard County residents step forward, ready to act. They are always finding different ways to pay tribute to those who served in the armed forces.

Craftsmen and hobbyists are no exception. They came forward to be a part of that community.

The Space Coast Woodturners have put their talents and lathe machines to work for veterans who are taken on Honor Flights to Washington, D.C.

The woodturners custom make hardwood and acrylic writing pens that they produce on their lathes for each veteran.

“We’ve gotten high compliments,” said Gary Christensen, one of the turners who helps to coordinate the effort. “They’re honoring veterans who’ve served our country.”

Christensen suggested that the association make the wooden pens for the 20 veterans traveling on each of the flights with Space Coast Honor Flight. Fellow members asked him to take charge of the effort.

The veterans are taken free of charge to visit the monuments in their honor. Volunteers, businesses, organizations and individuals in the community make the trips possible.

Space Coast and Treasure Coast woodturners made sure they could use their hobby to help honor the veterans.

Another of the turners, Wynn Arnold, said members of the association are eager to participate making the pens, which are handed to each of the veterans after they return from the trip.

“A lot of our guys are veterans,” Arnold said.

The woodturners association are among the many who help to honor the veterans. Even when the veterans leave Brevard on their way to the nation’s capital, they are met by honor guards and strangers at Orlando International Airport who greet and applaud them. They also are met by volunteers when they arrive at the airport in Baltimore to head into Washington.

Space Coast Woodturners meet regularly to work on their hobby and share in camaraderie. They also are open to new members and are willing to help get others started in the craft.

For more information on their meeting times at the West Melbourne Community Center, go to SpaceCoastWoodturners.com.