Blount man makes pens, walking sticks

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- There's nothing like a homemade gift that warms the heart.

In this week's Tennessee Traveler, Local 8 News Anchor Alan Williams takes us to a man's garage in Blount County.

In the recesses of his garage against a backdrop of everything from fishing lures to oil cans, is the noise of a lathe. It means Bob Large is at work.

He's turning small pieces of wood into writing pens.

His materials come from as far away as Africa and South America to right in our own backyard.

Not just writing pens but walking sticks, honing sticks that look like knots on a tree to pieces of art.