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RGS Engineering has been established since 1981
Ian Hodgkinson, he's a Design engineer who discovered that a cost-effective way of financing his participation on the stage rally scene, during the early 80s, was to set up his own business as a motor engineer. He would then have all the tooling and access to parts he needed. He soon found that the business side of RGS soon took over and he became established as an honest and trustworthy businessman who was taking on new customers monthly with little to no advertising.
Ian became interested in steam when he was asked by his then boss to draw engineering drawings for a Fowler ploughing engine. He has since then worked on a number of friend's steam engines. Trading as a motor engineer had become increasingly more difficult, and a wish to bring his family up in more pleasant surroundings lead to moving to Pembrokeshire and the opportunity to fulfil a long time ambition to build steam engines.
Amanda Thorpe, long-term partner to Ian Hodgkinson (over twenty years!) and keen lace maker for the past 14 years when children and time allow.
At one lace class, there was a lady making Honiton lace with bobbins made from cut down knitting needles, they made such a lovely sound as she worked. This got me thinking about other materials that bobbins could be made from.
I thought of using aluminium, this metal being lightweight and durable, Ian soon turned me out a lovely collection. Some of my collection of aluminium bobbins are on my pillow, I find them easy to use, and they grip the thread well, I have not had a case of an escaped bobbin on the floor since I started using Aluminium bobbins.
The bobbins that Ian made me were so lovely and admired that we started production!
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