Gary von Kuster has spent most of his working life as a professional photographer. He first worked for the Saskatoon Star Phoenix then moved into television and worked for CBC and CTV before becoming a freelance photographer.
As a freelancer he has worked on documentaries and series for Discovery, APTN, Life, BBC, and Global. He has travelled and worked in North, Central and South Americas. He had always wanted a lathe and a couple of years ago he bought a small lathe, took a few lessons and started turning pens and pencils.
Everyone uses a pen and why not a beautiful one? There are so many different kinds of materials from which to turn the bodies of the pens. Gary casts a lot of his own blanks so he can use materials like wasp nest, birch bark, silk and paper money. Pens come in a lot of different shapes and sizes and it is an adventure to find the one that just fits in your hand perfectly. Gary loves the challenge to find the right blend of materials that will say with one pen “this is a beautiful, serious writing instrument” and with another pen “this is just crazy fun”.