Some of you will recall that I have mentioned my friend Simon previously (Simon of the Teddy Bear bunk beds). He is very enthusiastic and inventive, always coming up with something a little different. Believe it or not, recently he has spent some time perfecting the art of make beautiful razors. He uses mother of pearl (which is synthetic of course) and turns a Mach 3 into something beautiful. You really do have to see one in reality to appeciate just how lovely this everyday object can be. I requested a turned pencil to use for my art and he offered me a choice of recycled woods. After some deliberation, I went for Jack Daniels Oak made from old barrels :)
This is my pencil in the making:
It smelt great too for a little while :) I love it!
If you are local, you can see Simon in action at the wood turners at Blists Hill Victorian Town on a Friday. Check out his turned acorns and have a chat ~ an all round nice guy. By the way if anyone is interested in something similar as a Christmas present maybe, do let me know and I will forward you his email address.