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Norm emigrated from England in 1952 at age 17. He took several different jobs before going back to school to earn his RPA. He had a successful career in property management.
He has made over 5000 wooden pens as well as various bowls, vases, walking sticks and Christmas novelty items.
He often uses recycled wood, quite often from renovations such as the Sault Ste. Marie locks, University of Toronto Osgood Hall law library, the heritage log cabin in Mississauga and the Seguin ship in Bracebridge.
The Mississauga Arts Council has purchased many of his pens as gifts for guest speakers and Mississauga Economic Development has bought several pens to give to potential overseas clients. He has had several other commercial clients and continues to enjoy displaying his work at craft shows.
He has lived in Toronto and Mississauga with his wife Jan for over sixty years.