Chestnut is a well known name in the woodturning trade but what is not generally known is that Len Piers who was a fellow of the Worshipful Company of Woodturners assisted the proprietor of Chestnut greatly in the days when it was being set up. The result of this is that the mixtures were developed especially to suit woodturning rather than trying to span the whole woodworking industry. The Company now sells a wider range of products but the recipes of those original products have remained the same. Len helped me greatly when I was starting out as I had known him from the electronics industry before heart problems drove him out to escape the stress. By adopting his methods Chestnut’s materials naturally suited me best as well and now of course those are the methods I’m teaching now.
Len is now sadly dead but his wife Jill and son Donald have carried on. I have now developed strong ties to them through the Gripper Disc as Don needed my help setting up his own production facilities to make it. I now sell the whole range of the Piers Catalogue and Don splits his margin with me so my prices are the same as his.