Budding carpenter presents mayor with pen made from Old Mandurah Bridge timber

A talented budding carpenter has put his considerable skills to use, with the 10-year-old creating hand-crafted pens out of timber from the Old Mandurah Bridge.

Gabriel McAlinden presented City of Mandurah mayor Rhys Williams with one of his creations on February 11, with the local leader promising to use the special pen to sign important documents.

The local youngster, who has been woodworking for five years, started created custom pens earlier this year and has been inundated with orders.

Other lucky recipients of the pens have been a Midland man who has suffered burns to his hands and cannot hold a normal pen, and a retiree in Mandurah.

Gabriel has also purchased his own machinery and tools in recent years - his ambition is to become a carpenter, like his father and grandfather.

Mr Williams said he was grateful for the gift.

"It was so thoughtful, and a beautiful demonstration of kindness," he said.

“Gabriel told me he was keen to pursue a career in carpentry, and made the pen with all of his own tools. He has done a great job."

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