After working in broadcasting for many years, the recession caught up to me, and I was let go. I decided then that I wanted to work for myself, doing something I loved, and that is how I came to woodturning. I've always liked pens, and had a nice collection of vintage pens obtained from my Grandfather, who ran an office supply store for 50 years, and repaired pens.
I've also been an ardent "wet shaver" for about 10 years, now. The ritual of lathering with a brush and using a vintage razor is a relaxing way to tackle an everyday chore.
I have wanted to make my own shaving brush for quite a while, so I started researching how to do it a few years ago. Still, I was working in broadcasting, and thought it was just a dream that I could gather the tools and get the experience I needed. However, a friend and fellow woodturner was replacing his lathe, and offered me his old one. I jumped at the chance, and he brought it down from North Georgia.
After a quick lesson, he left me to myself, and 15 minutes later, I had a pen. That was the point where I knew this is what I wanted to do, and I seemed to have a knack for it. I had never even touched a lathe before that day! The picture of me is from turning that first pen.
I've come a long way in the year I've been turning... creating higher-end models and utilizing more expensive platings, to offer truly quality items. I create some of my own blanks, although my girlfriend is the artist, when it comes to those. We're a real team, and she has created some amazing blanks for me to work with.
My goal is to offer quality items at reasonable prices, and earn customers for life, not just one-off sales. Take a look around my shop... if something strikes you, I'd love for you to have it. If you like a certain style, but not the color, I can custom-make anything for you.
Visit my Zibbet shop!