Craftsman shapes his legacy
WOODTURNER Colin Horton (82) has signed off on making wooden handcrafted pens for graduates from John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School in Mirrabooka.
The Currambine resident has spent three months every year for the past 22 years to create pens from sheoak – something he treated as a hobby.
However, the arthritis in his hands caught up with him while he was making more than 160 pens for this year’s graduates. He decided to retire because he can no longer maintain his high levels of precision.
The school presented him with a gift and certificate at the Year 12 valedictory dinner last month.
Mr Horton recalled when his manager at Salvation Army in Joondalup suggested he make the unique pens for the school.
“Originally the wood that was used for making the pens came from the school’s grounds,” he said.
“John Septimus Roe is a massive school and they were expanding like mad.
“They were cutting the trees down and they had a very progressive gardener in charge who was cutting logs for me. I was allowing the logs to dry and cutting them up and making the pen blanks out of that.”
Mr Horton said he was sad to stop making pens.
“I love working with wood – there is a tremendous amount of satisfaction when you turn something,” he said.
Woodturner Colin Horton has crafted thousands of pens for school graduates inside his Currambine workshop.