Hand-Crafted Creative Tools
Seeing his calligrapher wife, Gemma Milly, using a mass-produced calligraphy pen inspired Tom to craft a collection of pens that matched the high quality of her work. Using a 60-year-old engineering lathe, he now makes pens for some of the world’s most celebrated calligraphers and stationery brands.
Values & Craftsmanship
Tom still uses the same design principles as the very first pen he made for his wife. It's important to him to create products that his customers will cherish for the rest of their lives.
"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." William Morris
PRECISION + CRAFTSMANSHIP
Tom uses a blend of traditional craft techniques and hand-finishing with state of the art manufacture. Using precision CNC lathes (that, amongst other things, are typically used to turn components for the aerospace industry) he is able to make to make highly functional and precise writing instruments which retain the ‘soul’ that can only be achieved by a true Craftsman.
The majority of the materials Tom uses are manufacturing by-products, sustainable native timbers or hand-cast eco-resins. It’s incredibly important to him to create as little waste as possible whilst making products that are dependably long lasting.
THE LITTLE DETAILS
There’s an unmistakable feel and reassuring weight to solid machined metals like brass and stainless steel. However, it’s paramount that the pen is perfectly balanced in the hand. The nib should feel weightless on the page with the centre of gravity resting between the thumb and forefinger. It’s these details that make Tom’s products loved by some of the most celebrated calligraphers, designers and retailers in the world.