Apart from photography, one of my hobbies is woodworking, and particularly, woodturning. I have a nice setup with a mini-lathe in my garage, as well as some other shop tools. I have also amassed a pretty nice collection of pen-blank sized exotic woods over the past few years. As my friend's birthday was today, last night I turned a basic slimline pen out of Tasmanian Blackwood. Turns out (pun definitely intended) small woodworking projects make for some cool macro photography opportunities. It's nice that I can get twice the regular artistic value out of a single pen.