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Offline AAAndrew

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Inky Greetings from Durham, North Carolina (USA)
« on: August 03, 2015, 11:10:34 AM »
I'm quite happy to be here!

I've been dabbling with broad nib calligraphy since the late 70's in High School. I think it was a Sheaffer calligraphy set that got me started, which quickly moved into Speedball dip nibs. I've picked it up and put it down over the decades. I did a few small gigs (as I'm sure a lot of people have) doing invitations and envelopes, but nothing serious. It was merely my writing was relatively better than the person who hired me.

I also started getting into fountain pens about ten years ago and picked up that hobby more seriously a bit over a year ago. At the same time I decided to teach myself how to write cursive. I hadn't written in cursive, except my scrawl I call a signature, for about 37 years, since I left eighth grade.

This renewed interest in penmanship led me to the various forms, which lead to an interest in shaded writing. I then picked up my first flexible nib fountain pen, a vintage Conklin, which really kicked things off.

What threw me over the edge was looking at IAMPETH's website, and then digging through my old tackle box full of calligraphy holders and nibs to find a couple of small boxes of old nibs I had inherited from my Great Aunt Maude way back in the early 80's. (Oh, they're dip nibs, let's give them to Andrew since he "does" dip pens)

Well, I'm glad I held on to them. After sorting through, derusting and throwing out the broken nibs, I'm left with some pretty nice nibs. Maude had been a school teacher in a small, rural school in southern Indiana back in the 20's. I suspect a great many of these were ones she taught penmanship with. They include a couple of Spencerian No1, a very fun Spencerian Forty No 40 Falcon, a small selection of Esterbrook Bank Pens and several Little Red School house nibs of various kinds, some flexible some not. And a small group of flexible sub nibs as well including Spencerial Congressional nibs. I can post a complete list with pictures if there's any interest.

In early July I took a little road trip over to John Neal Booksellers just about an hour down the road in Greensboro. I picked up my first oblique holder (Century), some ink, and a couple of modern G nibs (Zebra, Tachikawa). I downloaded Dr. Vitolo's ebook onto my iPad, and printed out some guide sheets, and I've been obsessed happy with this new hobby ever since.

I have so much to learn, and I'm still in baby steps. I mainly see the problems with my writing at the moment, but I can see improvement over my attempts a month ago. I'm still looking for the perfect paper (though I just tried Tomoe River paper last night and was thrilled with how smooth it was, and how well it handled the ink while also being quite transparent to the guidelines sheet underneath, so it's a contender)

I've also been experimenting with what fountain pen inks work for pointed pen calligraphy. I know from my time with fountain pens, the three elements of pen, ink and paper combine to make the complete experience. When you get them all right, they make a world of difference. That's something else I can post the results of should I find the right place.

Well, that should about do it. If anyone's still reading at this point, I appreciate it, and I'm glad to be here. Can't wait to take a close look around and see what I can learn.

Andrew
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Re: Inky Greetings from Durham, North Carolina (USA)
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2015, 11:36:06 PM »
Welcome to the forum.  I think you're lucky to have some experience and supplies already.  I'm looking forward to seeing your work.

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Re: Inky Greetings from Durham, North Carolina (USA)
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2015, 01:30:42 AM »
Welcome to the Forum Andrew :)

I'm quite happy to be here!
. I can post a complete list with pictures if there's any interest.

Very interested in this,  would love to see the collection and your opinion on how the nibs work


I downloaded Dr. Vitolo's ebook onto my iPad, and printed out some guide sheets, and I've been obsessed happy with this new hobby ever since.

I've also been experimenting with what fountain pen inks work for pointed pen calligraphy. I know from my time with fountain pens, the three elements of pen, ink and paper combine to make the complete experience. When you get them all right, they make a world of difference. That's something else I can post the results of should I find the right place.

Well, that should about do it. If anyone's still reading at this point, I appreciate it, and I'm glad to be here. Can't wait to take a close look around and see what I can learn.

Andrew

We are all obsessed and addicted on here.  No shame in saying that  ;D

I started the same way and got into Fountain pens first.  So I too have tons of FP ink lying around.  It's dirt cheap in India and I have a fair collection of Indian FP inks that I use for dip pens.  Works really well too.

Welcome again to the forum and look forward to seeing your work.

Happy writing
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Re: Inky Greetings from Durham, North Carolina (USA)
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2015, 09:19:21 AM »
Hooray for another North Carolinian!!!!  ;D

I think a lot of people on this forum would definitely be interested in the complete nib list with pictures - we really love looking at that kind of stuff, haha!

I need to take a trip to John Neal - I'm in Charlotte, so he's pretty close.  Maybe one day!

Anyway, glad you're here!!
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Re: Inky Greetings from Durham, North Carolina (USA)
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2015, 09:25:43 AM »
Welcome Andrew, it sound like you are in the right place!  You story is somewhat similar to mine, but my recent interest was sparked by a Noodlers Ahab.  I wish it was  vintage Conklin!

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Re: Inky Greetings from Durham, North Carolina (USA)
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2015, 09:44:52 AM »
I just posted a new thread in the Tools & Supplies section listing my modest collection of vintage nibs. I lucked-out and inherited these.
http://theflourishforum.com/forum/index.php?topic=3330.0

I'm still waiting to come across that box of vintage nibs in the wild.

Thanks for the welcome and I look forward to learning a lot and contributing where I can.
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Re: Inky Greetings from Durham, North Carolina (USA)
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2015, 10:00:53 AM »
Welcome Andrew - I'm sure you have much to contribute - thank you in advance!

 :) @ 'vintage nibs in the wild'


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Re: Inky Greetings from Durham, North Carolina (USA)
« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2015, 11:51:08 AM »
Welcome to the forum!
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