Mandurah boy’s pen business takes off

Mandurah boy’s pen business takes off

AT just 11 years old, Gabriel McAlinden is forging a career in woodwork.

The Dudley Park entrepreneur makes custom pens from wood, epoxy or acrylic and has been inundated with orders.

In the past month, Gabriel raised $550 from pen sales and bought his own lathe.

He made a pen for Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams from the timber of the Old Mandurah Bridge.

He also made a pen for a man in Midland who received 81 per cent burns and cannot hold a normal pen.

His mother Kerrie said Gabriel had followers in Canada and America.

“He has been woodworking for over five years and is so focused and lives for his time in the shed,” she said.

“He has saved and purchased all his own machinery and tools over the past few years.

“An annual highlight is the Wood Show in Perth.

“We are extremely proud of him and we have no doubt that he will fulfil his dream of becoming a carpenter like his dad and grandad before him.”

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