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Minerva resident Duane Zwick recently presented hand made and engraved, personalized ink pens for each of Minerva Police Department's officers including one for Mayor Jim Waller.
Police Chief Christopher Miller and Sergeant Chuck Kopp were on site to accept the 17 pens from Zwick.
"We appreciate Duane making the gesture to show the Police Department that we are appreciated by residents and for wanting to honor us with the pens that he made," said Miller.
Zwick explained that he has collected pens for several years and got into woodturning after seeing the woodturning demonstrations at one of the Minerva Jazz Fest events.
"I have been a woodturner for seven years," said Zwick. "I have been a member of Buckeye Woodworkers and Woodturners since 2014."
Zwick makes pens, wine bottle stoppers, wine glasses and other objects. He begins with blocks of wood and a wood lathe then turns them into art. The police pens took about two and a half hours to create from a block of wood. Dyes are used to make the pens a different color.
"The whole project took me about eight to nine months," said Zwick. "I have a day job, so I worked on the pens whenever I had time."
The thin blue line style of pen is made to recognize police officers and that is what Zwick made for them. He contracted P. Graham-Dunn in Dalton, Ohio to do the engravings. Zwick then touched up the lettering in gold.
"I just wanted to thank the police for all that they do for the town," said Zwick. "So I made each officer a thin blue line pen to honor their service. I also made a pen for Mayor Waller to show appreciation."