Turning Pens into Cash
When it comes to financing his education, this 13-year-old has the write stuff.
13-year old has the write stuff
Aspiring heart surgeons need steady hands, a delicate touch, mental focus--and a whole lot of money for school. Some quality time at the lathe helps Alex Lesniak, at right address each of those needs as he plans for a career in medicine.
Alex discovered woodturning a month before his 11th birthday during a trip to a woodworking show near his home in Raleigh, North Carolina. Fascinated by the lathe from the moment he saw one demonstrated at the show, Alex begged his father, George, for one of his own. "You know how kids can be," George says, "so I challenged him. He had to sell me on the idea of getting a lathe." After that, they both had to convince Alex's mom, Cathleen. "I was kind of skeptical at first," she says. "But then Alex said 'Mom, I can turn pens and sell them and make money for college.' " That moment of entrepeneurial insight sealed the deal.