Only in Arkansas: Army Vet Turns Pen Maker

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NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Jeff Bise is a U.S. Army veteran who spends his time turning exotic wood into artistic pens. 

He said he wanted to honor his dad in joining the Army.

“My dad passed away in 1984, and as a tribute to him I went in in 1985,” Bise explains.

He left the service in 1993, but then came a Memorial Day at home Bise will never forget.

“I fell off my porch. Freak accident. I knew I was hurting, I didn’t realize how bad I was hurting,” he continues.

Jeff had a broken back.

“I’m paralyzed from the chest down,” he says.

For more than 2 years, Jeff has been at the V.A. Hospital at Foot Roots in North Little Rock, but his injury isn’t keeping him down.

“It’s a bump in the road of life,” he says. “I could sit here and feel sorry for myself, but I’d be the only one doing it.”

He found a passion in making ink pens.

“The first pen I turned I was hooked,” he adds.

Bise’s pens are only available at Red Door Gallery in North Little Rock. Each pen costs $65. 

Jeff is planning on moving to his own apartment soon.

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