Barry Gross started creating his fine writing instruments about eighteen years ago after discovering all the diverse grain patterns that exotic and native burl woods have to offer. Since that time he has gradually moved to working with polyester resins to coat a number of assorted materials in order to create his one-of-a-kind fine writing instruments. He has received a prestigious Readers Choice Award from Pen World Magazine, and has published over 65 articles for several woodworking magazines including Fine Woodworking. He has authored five books on turning and is a member of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW), Bucks County Woodturners, Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsman, and the Pen Makers Guild. He has been a presenter / instructor at AAW symposiums and was featured by Pennsylvania Cable Network and Ebru TV for his unique style in using recycled material to create one-of-a-kind fine writing instruments. Barry was commissioned by the White House to make pens to be given as gifts to foreign dignitaries by former Vice President Dick Cheney and was a double finalist for the Niche Awards. In 2014 -2015 he was accepted as a member of Whos Who for outstanding achievements in the field of woodturning.