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Project by Sawdust2 posted 11-29-2007 05:15 AM 2395 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Steve was a good father and a good guy. He always paid his child support and took his kds on the weekend and for vacation every year. . I sheparded him through years of domestic problems and each time the judge would not give him custody.

In Georgia when a child turns 14 he has the right to elect which parent to live with. On the day before his 14th birthday a son would come to the office, make an affidavit that he wanted to live with his dad. the next day I would take that affidavit and an order to the judge and she would have to change custody. Got to piss off the ex and rile the judge at the same time.

Eric always wanted to be a Marine. He and his step brother would go off on recce’s around the neighborhood. One nite they went by the school. Someone had left a ladder out. So they put it up, got on the roof to survelle the area and noticed that one of the hatches was not locked. Taking this opportunity to invade the enemy territory they went down into the school. They were not too careful and broke a few chairs.

When they got back to the house they told his stepsister what they had done and she wanted to go on the next adventure. Sure enuff, the ladder was there, the hatch was unlocked and down they went into the inner sanctum. “Freeze” as they were impaled on the ray of the flashlight of the cop lying in ambush. So the boys ended up with a little legal problem.

Three years later Eric goes to enlist in the Marines. “Sorry, Eric. You have a criminal record.” (When I was a kid you got out of criminal problems by enlisting in the Army or Marines.) Sometimes my stories have good endings. I went back to the judge and the DA, explained the situation, and we made the record go away. We then wrote the Marine Corp and said “He’s back.” When the Corp did a recheck the criminal record was no longer there and Eric enlisted. He was the honor graduate of his basic class.

I made these pens with the Marine Corp emblem for a Marine and his Dad. The wood is Jerusalem olive.I had lunch today with Steve and gave him the pens. Eric is going back to Iraq in February.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#1 posted 11-29-2007 05:30 AM

Great Story Sawdust. and a couple of great pens.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 11-29-2007 05:52 AM

Sounds like a fine young man. I’m sure you pray for his safe journey to and back from Iraq. I’ll put him in my prayers as well. I’m sure your pens will give him some comfort of home.

Great story and pens to boot!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#3 posted 11-29-2007 07:02 AM

Sawdust -

Very cool story . . . thanks!

By the way the pens are cool as well . . . great match to the story.



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#4 posted 11-29-2007 08:29 AM

Great looking pen. You might want to check out Freedom Pens for the military:
Freedom Pens


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#5 posted 11-29-2007 05:03 PM

Nice pens, and an even nicer story!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 11-29-2007 10:12 PM

Great story Sawdust & a good ending.

“the pen is mightier than the sword”

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 01-17-2008 03:46 PM

I like it.

-- Jiri

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#8 posted 01-17-2008 03:50 PM

Great story and great pens. Next time you see him thank him for his service for me.

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#9 posted 01-17-2008 04:14 PM

great looking pens ! being an ex jarhead may be a conflict of interest !lol

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#10 posted 01-17-2008 05:01 PM

Nice story! Great looking pens.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#11 posted 02-16-2008 12:00 AM

Too bad the “pens” story by Sawdust2 is full of untruths and outright lies. You would think a lawyer by profession would get his “story” straight. Check it out on the county records that Steve was not so good a father as professed. His child support was over $12,000 in arrears, and although he may have taken his kids on the weekend and for vacations every year, his alcoholic lifestyle and abuse of the wife was what kept him from getting custody. Notice also how this lawyer/woodworker portrays the ex-wife as the wicked witch probably because she was a very upstanding, church-going mother who raised her children correctly. Sounds like sour grapes from a lawyer that has a poor reputation in the community and lost his case. What this lawyer/woodworker also didn’t tell you is that the son wanted to be a Marine because he couldn’t wait to get out of his father’s house because his father wouldn’t quit drinking. I’m sure there are other details that are less than truthful, too. Looks like there’s always another side to a “story”. The good part is that the Marine is an excellent solder and serving his country well. We should all be proud of the marine, in spite of his father and his father’s attorney.

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#12 posted 02-16-2008 01:28 AM

Guardian…that was uncalled for and completely out of place. Your right there are two sides to every story and what makes you think we should believe you? Not to mention going out of your way to try and deface him here in this forum shows you might be the one lacking in charecter…not him.


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