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Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / which hand next?
« on: May 06, 2017, 01:16:19 AM »
I'm kinda comfortable with my italic, enough to move on to another hand.
So now I'm looking at uncial or foundational.  Unless I find yet more hand to want to learn, which I probably will.

Which of the 2 would you recommend I learn next; uncial or foundational.
Or do you have other hands that you recommend me learning?

I went back to 2015 but could not find a similar thread.

I have been writing italic OK, but for 1 problem.
I cannot seem to do the horizontal stroke level.  It almost always tilts up or down.   
This has been driving me batty with frustration. 

Are there any tips or tricks in making the horizontal stroke level.

many thanks

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Confused on what class to take
« on: May 10, 2015, 03:16:01 AM »
I need some advice from those that know the subject, please.
At the SF Pen Show, Michael Sull is teaching 2 classes, American Penmanship and Spencerian.
I'm totally at a loss on which class to take, or even if I should be looking at Copperplate instead.
I was told that for the Spencerian class, we are to bring our own oblique holder, vs the American Penmanship class where I think we bring any pen.
I'm a novice novice, and all of my dip pen writing has been basically Palmer style, but using a Nikko G in an oblique holder, to get the flex in the downstroke.  So really nothing fancy, I just enjoy writing with a dip pen.


ps, I can't take both classes, as I have to run the registration table also.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / San Francisco Pen Show 2015
« on: May 03, 2015, 06:27:12 PM »
The San Francisco Pen Show is back for 2015.

It will be in the same place, the Sofitel Hotel in Redwood City.
August 28,29,30 (Fri thru Sun).  Fri will be traders only.  Sat & Sun will be open to the public.

Michael Sull will be teaching 2 classes on Friday.  The morning class will be American Cursive and the afternoon class will be Spencerian.  There is a 20 person limit to each of the classes.

I will be at the registration desk most of the time.  Stop by and say hi.

Tools & Supplies / Argh no walnut crystals at PIA
« on: March 15, 2015, 02:56:28 AM »
Just went to the PIA site to order walnut ink crystals...out of stock of ALL sizes.    :-[
Of course it happens when I want to place an order.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Christmas/Holiday presents
« on: December 27, 2014, 10:26:37 PM »
I did not see a Christmas present thread, so I figure I would start one.

My wife gave me a "Daylight" light box (really a pad about 3/8 inch thick).   :)
She must have been reading my mind as I was really thinking about getting something easier to use than my current 4 inch thick light box.
Now I can use and see the guide sheets under my 32# paper.

Tools & Supplies / Cleaning nibs odd experience
« on: September 24, 2014, 02:16:38 AM »
I have begun to notice a rather odd thing with my Nikko G nib.
When I clean my nib with water between changing inks, the next ink has a hard time sticking to the nib, and I get very little ink to write with.  However when I give the nib a wipe with rubbing alcohol, the ink sticks.  This is with both Higgins Eternal and various fountain pen inks.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / New FLAX in San Mateo, Calif.
« on: June 29, 2014, 12:59:01 AM »
I just got a notice from FLAX.
They are opening a new store in San Mateo, Calif  in July.
San Mateo is about mid SF peninsula, think San Mateo bridge. 
So now we don't have to drive into the city to get stuff from them. 

Open Flourish | General Discussion / San Francisco Pen Show - 2014
« on: April 22, 2014, 01:28:22 PM »
The following was copied from a posting on FPGeeks:

2014 San Francisco Pen Show

It is my pleasure to announce this year's SF Pen Show. The important details:

    2014 San Francisco Pen Show
    August 22-24, 2014

    More details:

The 2014 San Francisco Pen Show will be held August 22-24, 2014 at the Sofitel San Francisco Bay Hotel in Redwood City, CA.

This three day show will feature a trader and dealer day on Friday followed by two general public days.

The newly renovated Sofitel is located 15 minutes south of the San Francisco International Airport and overlooks the San Francisco Bay. A free courtesy shuttle is available to the hotel from San Francisco International Airport. For the show, the hotel is offering a special rate of $129(+ tax) with free in room Wi-Fi.

You can download the registration form the link to

I hope to see some of you there. 
I plan to do a little shopping   ;)    My wife is coming with me, to keep me under control.

General How To's & Projects / How to Use a Small Lightbox
« on: April 12, 2014, 11:58:32 AM »
I don't know if this should be a new thread or not.
But HOW do you use a light box.
What I mean is mine has an 11x12 flat surface, so my hand has a support, but not my forearm.
The way I learned to write was to lay my forearm on the table/desk and use the muscle under the forearm as a pivoting point.  Pushing and pulling to form the letters, but the weight of arm is supported by the forearm.
In my case, because of tendonitis, I cannot just let my arm hang in mid-air as I write, I have to support my arm.

Introductions / Hello from Northern Calif, SF Bay Area
« on: April 08, 2014, 09:59:23 PM »
I'm just getting into using dip pens.
I am looking forward to doing italic calligraphy using a cartridge calligraphy pen. I'm taking the easy way to start, then move over to a dip pen.

Right now I am trying to get a handle on using a dip pen for general writing, not calligraphy.  I've been using a straight holder, and have an oblique holder that I hope will arrive this week.  Man compared to a fountain pen, a dip pen is HARD to use, especially the pointed tip pens.  I can write and sign my name using an Eagle 830 bowl pen, but I CANNOT even write my name using any of my pointed pens.  The problem is controling the tip from scratching or digging into the paper.  Long learning curve ahead of me.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Dip Pen forum?
« on: April 08, 2014, 09:48:34 PM »
Does anyone know of a general dip pen forum?
Example, what I am currently interested is general writing with a dip pen, not calligraphy (yet) or ornamental writing.
I have been looking but this is the closest that I have been able to find, in that most everyone uses a dip pen do to their writing.


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