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Walter Hall, who lives in Amble on the Northumberland coast took up wood turning as a hobby over 20 years ago when working for the NHS. Now retired from NHS employment 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.

Examples of Walter's work can be seen in our Gallery pages. To commission a pen or other writing instrument Walter can be contacted through the contact page. Whilst pen making forms the bulk of Walter's work he is also happy to undertake other one off woodturning commissions or projects.

Walter uses many types of wood in his work ranging from locally sourced native woods to exotic tropical timbers like rosewood, padauk and amboyna. All of his 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 making or writing about pens Walter also enjoys restoring old hand tools, writes equipment reviews and technical articles for “Woodturning” and “Woodworking Crafts” magazines and is a moderator on the Woodworker’s Institute Internet Forum. Woodturners and pen makers who want to know more about Walter's book and articles or find links to suppliers and other sites of interest can get further information on our Pen Makers page.