Walter Hall, who lives in Amble on the Northumberland coast took up wood turning as a hobby over 30 years ago when working for the NHS. Now retired and with more time to enjoy woodturning as a hobby he makes high quality pens and other writing instruments from wood and acrylic materials. Walter sells his pens through “The Chantry” Craft Gallery which is located in the Tourist Information Centre in Morpeth, Northumberland and on commission. Walter also enjoys restoring and conserving old hand tools. Examples of Walter's work can be seen in our Gallery pages.
All of Walter's timber supplies are obtained from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) accredited sources or are reclaimed. He has even used teak and mahogany recovered from dismantled sailing boats.
Pen making is a fascinating hobby and is popular with woodturners all over the world. As well as making his own pens Walter has written a book to help other woodturners with an interest in developing the skills needed. “Pen and Pencil Projects a Guide for Woodturners” is published by GMC publications.
When he is not busy woodturning, making or writing about pens or restoring old hand tools, Walter writes occasional articles for “Woodturning” magazine and is an admin or moderator on several Facebook Groups.
If you want to know more about Walter's book and articles or find links to suppliers and other sites of interest you can get further information on our Links and Articles pages.