Lympstone Wood Crafts
Rob Longhurst
I was born in Coleford, Devon about 3 miles from Crediton in 1951.  I moved to
Ottery St. Mary and was educated at Blundell's School, Tiverton, where I learned
woodturning from Mr. Fisher.  I perhaps spent too much time in the workshops and
did not do too well academically!  To correct this I did a year at "The Exeter
Finishing School" (Then known as Exeter Tec and now Exeter College).  Armed with
the necessary A Level certifictes, in 1970, I went to work for BP and with them
gained a degree in Business Studies.  I subsequently worked for BP, in Marketing, in
the UK and also in Brussels, The Rest of Europe and finally in Tokyo, Japan.  That
was a real challenge!  On my return from this final contract and after 29 years (and
with the oil price at $8 a barrel) I was offered redundancy.  I grabbed it!  My wife
and I decided to quit the rat race and return to Devon.  We started a mammoth
project to re-build a derelict house and in doing so I incorporated a workshop.  From
there it was a short step to woodturning - but there is a limit to the number of
wooden Christmas presents you can give to the family!  So it was into serious
production for sale at craft fairs in the South West and a limited number of shops.   
I now live contentedly in Lympstone, Devon doing what I love best - working with
wood.