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Visit To The Yard-O-Led Factory

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#1 twdpens

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Posted 26 April 2016 - 10:02

Earlier this year, Anna and I visited Yard-O-Led in Birmingham and had a factory tour. You can read about it here.

 

Enjoy,

 

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Posted 26 April 2016 - 11:58

Thanks Martin and Anna!  

 

This is a must read, and See.

 

I have other very old objects still beautiful with their hand chasing. Most don't realize this is unique to each artist.  



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Posted 26 April 2016 - 12:17

As P2P says, absolutely fascinating.

 

Would love to [be able to] do it myself.

 

Regards,

 

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Posted 26 April 2016 - 13:28

It was great to see "Youth" doing the engraving.  Why Alex and Krish both look like mere children.  The biggest threat to companies like Yard-o-Led has to be the loss of institutional knowledge and craftsmanship with time.


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Posted 26 April 2016 - 17:06

Loved the write up and pictures. Thank you Martin.


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Posted 26 April 2016 - 20:36

Thank you for sharing this adventure.  It makes my pen more special to see the manner in which it was created.  AND that "front door" is beyond amazing!



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Posted 26 April 2016 - 23:11

Excellent post Martin, thank you :)

How many people are employed by YoL in total do you think?

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 00:08

Wish I could afford more.  :wacko:



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Posted 27 April 2016 - 12:23

Thanks for the report. 



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Posted 27 April 2016 - 19:53

Excellent post Martin, thank you :)


Glad you like it. We'd been meaning to pay a visit for years. It was a wonderful experience.
 

How many people are employed by YoL in total do you think?

 
Not many: 11 or 12 I think, mostly craftspeople.

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Posted 28 April 2016 - 10:38

Reading your report makes my Grand Victorian even more special to me now. Thanks for taking us along.

 

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Posted 28 April 2016 - 20:55

Glad you like it. We'd been meaning to pay a visit for years. It was a wonderful experience.  Not many: 11 or 12 I think, mostly craftspeople.Martin


Thanks for the information. They achieve an awful lot - I had thought the company was much bigger.

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Posted 10 May 2016 - 19:58

I adore my YoL Victorian fp.  It's great to be able to see what goes on behind those gorgeous tree doors.  Thank you for sharing :-).


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Posted 20 May 2016 - 09:08

At the London Pen Show i was told, "oh, that Victorian of yours was made by John". Thank you for the photos - I can now put a face to the name!

What a wonderful company.
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Posted 20 May 2016 - 09:23

Wow.  Very cool.  I'm completely and utterly jealous.  And now want a Viceroy Victorian even more than ever....  But sadly, at the moment it's the "when I win the lottery" pen.  :crybaby: 

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Posted 25 May 2016 - 10:16

Fabulous. A Victorian is also on my wish list - but probably the pocket version, love those compact pens!

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Posted 01 July 2016 - 19:35

Excellent post and read...Good incite into the company and the pens.....Now I am even more excited and happy that my Viceroy Grand Victorian is on the way.  I did not know that only 3 smiths did the engraving of the Victorian...definitely makes the pen more special.

 

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Posted 22 December 2016 - 11:32

It's six months since the last post, but I'll give it a shot.  Martin, can you share what craftsmanship you saw applied to the business end of their fountain pens, that is: the nib, the feed and the section?

 

Thanks much.

 

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Posted 22 December 2016 - 17:19

I'm glad you woke this up from its slumber as I had missed it.

 

I only have a propelling pencil which my wife gave me and I do enjoy using it.

 

Wonderful report, many thanks.



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Posted 29 December 2016 - 20:11

Thanks for sharing! Their pocket pen is on top of my wish list for 2017!







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