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Ron’s introduction to Wood Turning came when his wife gave him a Christmas present that has continued ever since, a weekend lesson in Woodturning in Somerset with 2 professional Turners.

For a number of years he worked from a shed then the garage at home. 15 years ago the opportunity arose for a Studio/ Workshop at the new Fairground Craft & Design Centre at Andover where he has continued to work from ever since.

Some years ago he experimented with Pen Turning and penmaking which has resulted in becoming his main area of expertise, and now he creates ‘Pens of Distinction’. In the past couple of months 2 British Pen Designers have called on this expertise for him to assess new designs that they are planning to introduce to the Penmakers of Britain.

The Pens (Fountain, Rollerball and Ballpoint Pens) are made predominately from wood, his favourites being English Yew, Olivewood (which he imports directly from Bethlehem in the Holy Land) and American Black Ash Burr; because of the nature of wood each one is unique and cannot be replicated.

Also used are some Acrylics and combinations of wood and acrylic. A limited addition range is also made from Natural Deer Antler sourced from a Deer Study Centre in Somerset.

In addition to his shop and web site Ron’s pens can be purchased at a number of quality Craft & Gift Shows throughout the area as well as some Craft Galleries.

Ron also teaches PenMaking and demonstrates at Wood Turning clubs, Art Societies and other interested groups.

In 1993 he started ‘Test Valley Turners’ a club for Wood turners of which he is the Chairman. He is also the National Co-ordinator for ‘Youth Training & Development’ on behalf of the Association of ‘Woodturners of Great Britain’ and the ‘Worshipful Company of Turners