Ben's Pens

Project worked on Summer 2013

At age 15

My father taught me how to turn pens out of wood on a lathe. When a new market opened up in my town where craftsmen could sell what they made I saw an opportunity and took it. I turned my pen making into a business and sold the pens I made at the Stangl Factory Market in Flemington. I learned about turning pens and wood working in general, running a business, keeping books, and marketing. I created a web site to advertise my business. I kept financial records in a spreadsheet, kept inventory records, made business cards, and I learned how to talk to customers and sell.

Click here to see the old Ben's Pens site

I'm mentioned here in this article from NJ.com (I'm in pictures 12 and 22)