........Sawr y Pridd sy ar y Pren...... Timber Bears the Scent of the Earth

Croeso - Welcome....to Pren, where timber is turned into art

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Meet the team

At Pren we keep things small....just the two of us, unless you count the dogs!
Les Symonds

Les Symonds

This is Les, our woodturner. When he's not turning or at the shop, he'll be away with the dogs, whatever the weather

Sally Symonds

Sally Symonds

If you call in at the shop before lunch time, then the chances are that you'll meet Sally. She looks after the stock and keeps a check on Les to make sure the commissions are coming through the workshop on time.

Meg (aka Scary)

Meg (aka Scary)

Head of security

Seen relaxing here, but don't be fooled by that. Be they intruders, birds or vehicles with sirens on, Meg sees them all off very efficiently!

Jac (aka Hairy)

Jac (aka Hairy)

Head of stick retrieval

Jac knows the sound of every machine in the workshop, and more importantly, he knows which machines make sticks. Jac lives for sticks!

Llyn Tegid - Bala Lake

Mists over Bala Lake

Mists over Bala Lake

Winter 2016-17

Pren is tucked away below the early morning mists that shroud Bala Lake on cold, winter morning.

Bala Lake from the Berwyn Hills approach road

Bala Lake from the Berwyn Hills approach road

The largest natural lake in Wales....and it's right on our doorstep. How lucky are we!


Browse through our Blogs or catch the latest news here.

Remembrance Bells

I’ve just finished a very special commission! Last March, at a meeting of the Register of Professional Turners in London, I learned of a project to use pieces of timber taken from the bell-headstocks of Read more…


A great day off!

One of the advantages of having a hobby that becomes a profession, is that you enjoy your work enough to not hanker after days off, and when the occasional day off does arrive, I tend Read more…


Woodland Crafts

A few weeks ago, a friend of ours started a thread on Facebook, inviting any friends of hers who are involved in arts and crafts, to share an image and a word about their craft. Read more…