Posted October 17, 2018

Rockler to hold nationwide pen turning classes to benefit veterans

All proceeds from November 10 event will be donated to the National Veterans Foundation.

Rockler Woodworking and Hardware stores nationwide will host a Veterans pen turning benefit on Saturday, November 10th. Participants can turn their own pen to take home, and Rockler will donate 100% of the proceeds from the classes to the National Veterans Foundation.

The classes will be offered at four times throughout the day, with start times of 9:30 and 11:30 am as well as 1:30 and 3:30 pm. Because pen turning is relatively simple, it's ideal for anyone who wishes to participate, including those with little or no prior woodworking experience. Store staff will be on hand to answer questions and offer assistance. Each participant will leave with a completed pen, and the entire $10 enrollment fee for each participant will be donated to the National Veterans Foundation.

The National Veterans Foundation operates the only toll-free helpline for all U.S. Veterans and their families for crisis management, referral needs, and other services. They also spearhead public awareness efforts and outreach services that provide veterans with essential resources including food, clothing, transportation and employment.

"With Veterans Day fast approaching, we thought this would be a great way to honor our veterans while giving folks an opportunity to make something they can use every day," said Scott Ekman, Rockler's vice president of marketing. "This class is a great opportunity to learn basic skills, get some hands-on experience and meet other people interested in woodworking. Everyone leaves with a finished pen, and all of the proceeds will be donated to help our veterans."

All 37 Rockler stores across the country will offer the pen turning classes. Class size will be limited to six participants per session, so lots of one-on-one help will be available. Attendees under the age of 18 will need to be accompanied by an adult. The class will last approximately 45 to 60 minutes.

Registration for the pen turning classes can be found at