3 November 2015


bark with pens on it - Simon Webb Pens - Steaming Ahead

Dead wood made good

Simon Webb Pens – Steaming Ahead

In a recent post I wrote about Simon Webb and his hand-turned pens breathing new life into dead wood from Lydiard Park’s 300 year old walnut tree. Read more of that here. 

This post though concerns itself with a new range of pens that Simon is crafting. This time from wood shot through with resonances of Swindon’s GWR glory days. What’s more it’s got associations with Simon himself. Simon Webb Pens – Steaming Ahead indeed.

Jack Hayward, pictured with Simon and the STEAM pens, is a volunteer at the museum. During the course of research on social media, Jack discovered that the block of wood from which these pens are made is a form of Australian eucalyptus from Australia. It’s commonly known as jarrah.

Simon Webb Pens - Steaming Ahead - two men holding hand made pens
Simon Webb with two of the STEAM Pens

Family connection

Furthermore, and this is where the connection to Simon comes in, the wood was recovered in close proximity to what was once F Shop. And it was here that Jack had once worked alongside Simon’s father, Ken Webb. Hence we have a link from Ken to kin to pen …

It’s likely that the huge block of wood once formed part of a foundation or a platform to support heavy machinery. And goodness knows there was enough of that in the old GWR works back in the day.

But it’s good to know, is it not, with the railway works no longer with us, that the wood is not a write off …

You can buy the limited edition pens in the gift shop at Swindon’s STEAM museum.

For more on Simon Webb and his pens see:

Visit Simon’s own website here: https://www.simon-webb.co.uk

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