One of the aims of my new blog is to introduce you to other small cottage industries that I meet as I exhibit at Craft and Gift fairs around the South of England.
The high street may be suffering but there are thousands of small, home based businesses exhibiting at our local fairs that offer a fabulous range of quality products.
Gylla Wood Pens :
My first profile has to be about Bob Taylor and his lovely wife Tina. I first met Bob and Tina at a Craft Carnival event over six years ago. At the time Bob and Tina were manufacturing clocks out of CDs and I bought one for each of my children.
Bob has frequently stepped in as my knight in shining armour at events and has got me out of many a fix. He rallied a team of gentlemen to change a blown tyre on my Galaxy for me in record time at a large Craft and Gift Fair at Montacute House. The car was parked right in front of the entrance to the main marquee! He also, just a few weeks ago, helped me manoeuvre my way out of a multi-storey car park when I got stuck in there with my top box on! At our August Bank Holiday Craft and Garden Fair in Kingston Lacy he shot off in hot pursuit of a lady who had stolen some jewellery from a nearby stall – what a gent!
A few years ago Bob decided to stop producing CD clocks and started to produce quality handcrafted wood pens made from wood grown in Dorset – Gylla Wood Pens was born! The Dorset wood that he uses has either been pruned or felled due to storm damage, disease or just old age. Tina, meanwhile produces a range of homemade cards. They take great delight in competing with each other to see who sells the most at their various events.
Bob is now a member of the Professional Crafters Guild. All of his bespoke pens are hand crafted in his workshop in Gillingham, North Dorset and he takes great pride in producing each item.
There are various styles ranging from Ballpoint Pens to Fountain Pens. No two pens will ever be the same because wood is a living thing, so this makes them a very unique gift for Weddings, Retirement, Birthdays etc. or just to treat yourself. I treated myself to a ballpoint with a rubber tip – ideal for punching text and data onto my iPhone. It’s wonderfully tactile too!
Do check out the Gylla Wood Pens website.