In February 2007 #160, Popular Woodworking Magazine Article Index

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The gift of a handwritten letter shows appreciation for Canadian forces.
By Jim Shaver
Pages: 86-87

From the February 2007 issue #160
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About two years ago I was selling some of my woodworking and pens at a craft show. After the show, I had several pens left and remembered reading about a project started by Keith Outten, wood forum host for Sawmill Creek ( called Freedom Pens (, which sends handcrafted pens to American servicemen and women who serve in dangerous areas of the world.

I was inspired by the project and I spoke with Outten about how he was able to organize his project and establish public support.
I sent Freedom Pens a few of my remaining pens and included a handwritten letter with each one. It’s then when the gears started to turn for me; I began to wonder how I could start something similar for the Canadian Armed Forces. I wanted a project that said thank you to the men and women of the Canadian Forces, one person at a time. I know that we seldom celebrate what our Canadian soldiers do, and that Canadians are a patriotic people, but we don’t usually show it in an outward fashion. I want to change that.

From the February 2007 issue #160
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