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Old 04-18-2017, 09:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hi from the UK and many thanks for allowing me to join the association.My name is Rob Wilson and I have a UK based business which imports Mozambique hardwoods specifically for the woodturning fraternity. I wholesale these timbers through established retailers in the UK and Europe. All the timbers come from a single sawmill which is run by a great friend of many years. The sawmill was recently adjudged to be the best concession in Mozambique for forest management and sustainability - this is mainly due to their successful reforestation programme and strict environmental policies.
I am a novice turner, initially started turning to better understand the timbers I import, but the bug has now truly bitten. I'm blessed to have grandchildren who gladly accept my very mediocre turnings and don't seem to notice/or care about the blatant flaws in them More recently I have tried my hand at pen turning. Again, the final product is not perfect - yet!- but the sense of accomplishment after finishing a pen is great and friends seem to be grateful to receive them as gifts ( maybe not to damage my ego).
I have a tremendous amount to learn and I look forward to being an active member of this prestigious association.
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Welcome to IAP, Rob !!!!

It would be interesting and fun to see pictures of some of the woods you import.
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Hi Rob,
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Where about in the UK are you based?
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Welcome from Mississippi, Rob...
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I will certainly post some pictures once I've turned a few pieces worth taking pictures of

UOTE=magpens;1918318]Welcome to IAP, Rob !!!!

It would be interesting and fun to see pictures of some of the woods you import.[/quote]
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Thank you. I'm in a small village Kintbury in West Berkshire



QUOTE=skiprat;1918320]Hi Rob,
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Hi Rob, good to have you here on IAP.....if you want pen info, it's all here. Lots of guys with lots of knowledge and willing to share. Your Mozambique adventure sounds really interesting. I'm sure a few pics of the sawmill, etc. would be really appreciated. We like that kind of stuff. : )
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