Crumby’s pen takes national DAR honors

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Amanda B. Crumby of Roane County’s Avery Trace DAR Chapter was recently awarded third place nationally for a pen she crafted that was entered in the Daughters of the American Revolution’s American Heritage  craft contest.


She received a certificate citing her achievement, making the pen from wood from an original beam of the historic Roane County Courthouse, from the DAR American Heritage Committee the area of crafts-miscellaneous.

The theme of this year’s American Heritage contest was “Invest in the Future: Creating Tomorrow’s Family Heirlooms.”

Crumby has a passion for woodworking, mainly turning wood on her home lathe.

She has done many wood project, including bowls, earrings, jewelry and writing pens.

Crumby has made many “Stars and Strips” pens for her fellow DAR sisters, including Tennessee State Regent Nancy Hemmrick.

She decided that she would like to make a pen to enter in the American Heritage contest, but the question became how to apply her craft to this year’s theme.

The first step was finding the right piece of wood. Then she had to take photos of each step in creating her project, and writing a paragraph explaining the technique used and how her work supported the committee’s theme.

Crumby turned to a fellow Avery Trace DAR member, Darleen Trent of the Roane County Heritage Commission, for help finding just the right piece of wood.

Rummaging through the attic of the historic Roane County Courthouse, built circa 1854, Crumby found the piece of wood from an old original beam.

With her piece of historic wood in hand, she set out to turn the wood into a beautiful piece of art.

Crumby said naming her project turned out to be the most troublesome part.

She named the award-winning project Turning History into Heirlooms, which, in the case of her craft, is a literal interpretation of her wood turning skills.