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Show & Tell / Re: Reference for making an oblique flange
« on: November 11, 2014, 03:25:25 PM »
Very informative. Thanks for posting this.
With what tool did you cut the slot in the wooden holder? Is the flange also secured with glue?

To accurately cut a thin slot into the pen body I built and adjustable wooden jig which attaches to a mini metal lathe. This particular jig allows me to use a miniature saw blade to cut the thin slot. I can micro adjust the width of the cut to match the thickness of the brass flange. I spent a week making the jig as I had to wing it and guess what may work for cutting the slot.

Show & Tell / Re: Reference for making an oblique flange
« on: November 11, 2014, 04:20:54 AM »
Prior to installing this flange into a double sided pen holder I used a Dremel tool to curve the back end of the flange for thumb clearance. The flange was buffed to take off any sharp edges of the metal. A brass pin secures the flange. A very fine grit sandpaper will soften a brass edge the same as buffing will. A toothpick can be used as a pin to secure the flange. Its all a matter of personal preference.

Show & Tell / Reference for making an oblique flange
« on: November 11, 2014, 04:15:14 AM »
I am posting this thread as a reference for those interested in making Zanerian style flanges for their oblique pen. It's not a difficult task with a few tools such as clamps, drill bits, metal shears, a couple homemade wooden forms and a spare nib.  The 2 wooden forms are simple to make and very useful to bend a thin piece of brass into a flange. One wooden form is a small piece of hardwood with 2 slots cut slightly larger in size than the 1/4" and 7/32" drill bits in this photo. The other wooden form is the yellow piece of wood with the thin slot in the center.

The first step is to cut a strip of thin brass. This can be any width you desire in a 3-3.5" in length.

Next step, fold the brass strip in half.

Clamp the bent strip of brass over the larger slot opening on the wooden form.

Place the top end of a .25" drill bit over the brass and push down on the brass to create the first bent of the flange.

The flange starts taking shape after pressing into the wooden form.

My apology for this blurry photo.  Your nib of choice will be placed into the brass strip.

The brass strip and nib are positioned over the smaller slot of the wooden form. A clamp holds the brass in place while a 7/32" brill bit is placed on top.

A small piece of wood is placed on top.

A hand clamp is used to press the brass strip into the slot. The purpose is to bend the brass directly into the nib.

When the clamp and drill bit are removed  the strip of brass will  look like this piece in the photo.

The brass strip and nib are placed in the thin slot of the yellow wooden form. This wooden device  allows the brass shape to be fine tuned, adjusted and straightened.

A clamp is used to secure the bottom portion of the flange while fine tuning the nib alignment.

The brass strip with nib is placed on a piece of  letter size paper with a couple of drawn parallel lines. The parallel lines are reference to the to drilled opening in to the center of the pen body. A metal ruler is placed on to  of the brass strip. An X-acto blade lightly marks the angle for the next step in this process.

The brass strip with nib is placed into the yellow wooden form and tilted to line up with the X-acto blade mark on the brass. The mark on the brass should be positioned 1/8" above the top of the wooden form. Moving the mark above the wooden form ensures the nib will not be too far away from the pen body when the flange is installed.

With clamp pressure applied to the yellow form the excess brass is bent  at an angle and trimmed with shears to provide a small bend at the bottom edge of the flange. This bend in the edge allows the flange to fit snug into the center hole of the pen body. A wooden or brass pin is installed into the center hole of the pen body to provide  a secure fit with no movement of the flange while lettering, installing or removing nibs.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Recent series of pen holders
« on: October 30, 2014, 05:24:15 PM »
Hi Joi,
I'll be there and will bring the pen holders. You are welcome to try as many as you like. Be sure to bring some of you r lettering. Luv to see  what you have in person. Your examples on Instagram are gorgeous.

BTW, I began uploading pen stuff to Pinterest a few days ago for reference of pens as work in progress or finished.

See you Saturday,

Tools & Supplies / Re: Recent series of pen holders
« on: October 25, 2014, 02:06:02 AM »
Thanks for the nice replies.   I had a couple free hours tonight to start a Bubinga pen. The two dark rings are wenge with one yellow heart ring. The end section will be a thin taper of purple heart. Considering a light blue dye gradation airburshed into the birdseye maple center.

I originally planned to mill this as an oblique but accidentally drilled a nib insert hole in the front end. Oh well better luck tomorrow.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Recent series of pen holders
« on: October 22, 2014, 10:27:04 PM »
A photo from the latest milling session with laminated wood blanks set up  last week. When I have 2 dozen pen holders milled I will begin the process of adding dyes and transparent acrylics with a touch of pearlescent to enhance the color on some of the holders.


Tools & Supplies / Re: Recent series of pen holders
« on: October 22, 2014, 01:23:47 AM »
Lovely work Alan, coming along nicely. I'd be interested see what one of your obliques looks like.

I also enjoyed viewing the holders you created in your post. Beautiful wood carving and use of color. I luv the variety.

My oblique experience was trial and error to learn how to make a flange to rotate the nib and build a bandsaw jig  for various cut angles in the pen body. I experimented with tilt of the flange as I wanted to learn what may or may not work with the nib. A number of the initial obliques positioned the nib at too steep of an angle and those pens ended up in the trash. Its good to experiment to learn what may works and what to avoid. Its also fun to try a variety of pen body shapes.

Some pen holders have double sided oblique flanges and a combination of straight and oblique. Not sure if there is any real need for a double sided oblique holders. In 26 Seeds we often letter with double sided straight holders. 

Now that I understand the process of making an oblique I will eventually do an elegant oblique with multi tone wood.


Tools & Supplies / Re: Recent series of pen holders
« on: October 22, 2014, 12:47:32 AM »
Hi Alphabetguy,
Are you on IG?  Or do you have a website?   :)

Hi Roseann,
I have a website and need to update the examples as it has been a while. I eventually want to  set up a gallery on the site for pen purchases. This will be my winter project.

Tools & Supplies / Re: Recent series of pen holders
« on: October 21, 2014, 01:28:06 AM »
I love my "Scarlet" holder you made. I will order more in the future too.

Hi Amy,
I was wondering how you are doing and glad to see an example of your beautiful lettering and Scarlet holder.
Your was a special project that I enjoyed.


Tools & Supplies / Re: Recent series of pen holders
« on: October 21, 2014, 01:19:54 AM »
oh wow those are niiiice!
are you selling them?

Yes Joi. Send me a PM if you have interest with a pen holder you see in the photo.


Tools & Supplies / Recent series of pen holders
« on: October 20, 2014, 03:31:25 PM »
Lately I have been spending my available free time milling pen holders. I have made many different shapes, lengths and diameter of holders. I have made obliques although I enjoy lettering more often with a straight holder. Each has a different feel when lettering and its very enjoyable to write with a variety of pens. I have just recently used dyes and transparent acrylics and have a ways to go in the learning process.

This is my latest series.


Brush Calligraphy / Re: Flat Brush Practice
« on: July 26, 2014, 10:34:48 AM »
Getting closer to my goal of lettering with a brush. Next will be writing multiple lines of words. Trying to do this in an effortless manner no different than handwriting. Used a regular flat brush on this one at a steep angle.


Brush Calligraphy / Re: Flat Brush Practice
« on: July 19, 2014, 05:12:07 PM »
I have been refining the design of this holder. I added a brass tube to keep the wood clean and free of moisture. Works really nice.



Show & Tell / Re: Tyrion Lannister and his many words
« on: July 13, 2014, 12:39:07 PM »
I spent a long time looking at your blog and store last night. Gorgeous work!! You are a living master of the pointed pen. It's as if I was viewing someones work beyond the era of Tony Dispigna. Such a large volume amount of work you have. I am truly in awe of it all.


Show & Tell / Re: Tyrion Lannister and his many words
« on: July 12, 2014, 01:52:32 PM »
Both are really beautiful!
Do you have a website with more of your lettering? I hope to see more.


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