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.