5 Years of Tom's Studio - No.1 Tom's Studio x Illyahna Johnson - tomsstudio5 Years of Tom's Studio - No.1 Tom's Studio x Illyahna Johnson
5 Years of Tom's Studio - No.1 Tom's Studio x Illyahna Johnson - tomsstudio5 Years of Tom's Studio - No.1 Tom's Studio x Illyahna Johnson

5 Years of Tom's Studio - No.1 Tom's Studio x Illyahna Johnson

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No.1 in the series and the most important to me is collaboration.  I've met and worked with so many amazing crafts-people, calligraphers and creatives over these five years.  The work that we've produced together have been the pieces that I am the most proud of and I've made some lovely friends along the way.

When Illyahna (@illyboodesigns) dropped me a message to enquire about a custom pen, the conversation quickly snowballed into a vision of a pen that would take the best from both our talents.  You wouldn't believe it at first glance, but the body of this pen is actually made from paper! To make it I hand laminated GF Smith vellum white paper using eco-resin to make a solid block. then turned it on the lathe to create the comfy undulating form. It was then over to Illy to work her magic,  I had no idea what she would do but when the pens (one for her and one for this series) arrived back in the post,  I was blown away!  
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  • Your order will be shipped within 48 hours when in stock, please refer to lead times of the product you are buying, as some handmade / hand dipped products may take longer until we send them. Delivery is calculated from dispatch.
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  • If your order contains a pre-order item, your whole order will be shipped together in order to minimise our carbon footprint. So please refer to pre-order delivery times in this instance. Alternatively, you can ask us to split the order. In this case additional delivery costs will apply. Please contact hello@tomsstudio.co.uk for further information.

Why Tom's Studio

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. It's why each every one of my products has a lifetime guarantee.

 "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." William Morris

Creativity Tools

Tools of the past were made by master craftspeople that cared passionately about their craft and the experience of the people using their products. We seem to have lost the 'soul' of these tools in the age of mass production. It's my mission to bring the creative soul back to the tools we use every day.

"Creativity is contagious, pass it on" Albert Einstein

Tried and Tested

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.

"Beauty Is The Harmony Of Purpose And Form." Alvar Aalto

A Labour Of Love

From the first pen I made for my wife to the pens I now make for my customers around the world.  I put the same care and attention into each and every pen.  I love what I do and hope that it shows in the finished product.

old fashioned lathe