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Two Lufkin teens turn blocks of wood into handcrafted pens

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Two Lufkin teens taught themselves how to turn wood and now their hobby is a profitable business.

13-year-old Jake Guy is shaping a piece of black walnut wood into a handmade bowl with each rotation of the lathe. Jake and 15-year-old Zachary Castillo taught themselves how to turn ordinary pieces of wood into products.

"I have pens, bowls, razors," said Jake Guy. "Zachary specializes in bottle stoppers."

Both started making things as a hobby but with the click of a pen it turned into a business.

Jake runs Handcrafted Gifts while Zach operates Pens with a Twist.

"We have a lot to chose from. Especially between the two of us you can find something you like," said Zachary Castillo.

Between the two of them they have sold more than 50 items in about a year. Each item is made by hand and takes several hours from start to finish.

"All of theses start off as just a block of wood or acrylic or antler or anything like that so then we shape it, we turn it down and sand it and finish it," said Zachary. "We take a tool to it and we just keep cutting away at it until it's how we want it then we spend some time sanding it so that takes a while."

Each item is different and customers can purchase from inventory or design their own.                                                                                        

"They can either buy what they want from what they see or take a custom order. We do a lot of those," said Zachary.

And for custom work, the prices are on the lower end of the spectrum.

"We don't have a pen that's over $100," said Zachary. "You are paying more for them but we're kind of at the lower price range from what you would normally pay for pens that you buy that are homemade."

Zachary and Jake use all kinds of wood, acrylic, marble, turquoise, antlers and even school emblems to design their pens.

Check out Zachary's website, inventory and contact him here: http://penswithatwist.com/

Check out Jake's website, inventory and contact him here: http://handcraftedgifts.us/

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