A 63-year-old inventor from the Midlands has gone back to his roots by returning to the glass-making industry.
Robert Farwell – usually known to his friends as Merlyn – has been working as a full time inventor for the last 20 years.
His first job on leaving school at 15 was at Tudor Crystal in Stourbridge and he has gone full circle by establishing a glass-making business in his garage.
The new job came after Mr Farwell was commissioned by Richard Golding of Okra Glass to help with a refit the glasshouse at the Ruskin Centre in Stourbridge. He has created a new glory hole – a furnace used as part of the glass-making operation – which drastically reduces the energy costs involved and it is in operation in his garage.