at Montana State University where he has spent a career spanning 55 years. He has studied plant/microbe interactions and has travelled to virtually every rainforest on the planet looking for new microbes and their bioactive ingredients. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, has published extensively and holds many US and International patents. His love of trees dates back to a time when he was a boy growing up in Ohio. The original red hat was requested by the Smithsonian to be in its collection.
has graced his life since he was a small boy. Thus, the unusual hobby of finding witness trees and making useful objects (pens) from them has fascinated him. His collection is the most extensive in the United States. Each pen has its own tree or other source documented. Over 150 pens are now present in the collection representing every state in which major battles occurred. In other cases he has acquired wood from objects or buildings that were also present during the battle.
knows no bounds. Gary will make at his own expense and even cover the shipping to any Federal, State or Private organization located on a Civil War site that provides the wood, an endless supply of pens for the gift shop to sell to help promote and save these historic sites. Such arrangements have been made at sites such as Appomattox, Va., Franklin,Tn., Fort Blakeley, Ala., Bentonville, N.C., Red Hill, Va. and many others. If your organization has an interest please use the contacts page to drop us a note. We want to thank Richard McCardle of UCVRELICS.COM for his tireless efforts in doing the research and building this website site. Thanks Rich!
The opening year of the American Civil War.
As the war ramped up so did the size of the battles as well as the casualties.
As the war raged on the Battles became more intense.
1864 was the beginning of the end for the South
1865 saw the South fighting the "Lost Cause"
Pens that are made from historical buildings, ships and other items.