The idea for Tom’s business came from watching his wife Gemma use a plastic mass- produced calligraphy pen which he felt didn’t match the quality of her beautiful work. With his background in furniture and product design which he studied at university and his experience of working in a blacksmith’s forge , he decided to make her a better pen that she would love using every day.
Tom made his very first pen from the beautiful, long lasting materials Corian and brass on his father-in-law’s 1960s Original Myford Engineering lathe. Happily, Gemma loved her new pen and it turned out that others did too!
After six months of working weekends and evenings, still from his father-in-law’s garage, Tom left his full-time job as a graphic designer for tech start-ups and moved with Gemma from London to sunny Dorset where they had a little girl and started Tom’s Studio.