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Made-in-Alabama gift: Pens crafted from Bourbon barrels

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — The handcrafted ink pens Joel Lockridge fashions in a small woodworking shop at his Birmingham area home are fueling a mini export boom from Alabama to parts all over the world.

Made In Alabama gift guide graphic“I’ve now shipped to 27 countries and counting — some I’ve even had to Google to figure out exactly where I was shipping,” Lockridge said.

Lockridge primarily produces pens from Bourbon barrel wood, but he has used materials ranging from alligator jawbone to pine cones. At first, he sold the pens at art shows, and later added a web site he launched for his Bourbon Pens brand. He mounted a Kickstarter campaign with hopes of raising $800 for shop materials. The campaign went viral, generating almost $20,000.

“It benefited me by getting my name out to so many people in so many places,” Lockridge said. “I still receive repeat orders from some of those clients.”

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