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Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Your handwriting
« on: July 17, 2014, 11:11:19 AM »
Here's mine when I write fast :D it's a shopping list. What do the analysts say? CHAOS! ;)
Were you about to bake a cake?

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Lookin' Good and Movin' Fast
« on: July 16, 2014, 06:44:12 PM »
Having received a number of beautifully calligraphed letters (via the Summer Letter Exchange), some the worse for wear, some delayed (the record--17 days), and some perhaps lost for good, I'll pass along a few tips to insure, or at least improve the odds of, a speedy and good looking delivery. After all, you spent time making it look good, right?

1.  The most obvious--get the address and zip code right. A wrong house number, and it comes back with ugly stickers or writing saying it can not be delivered or NSA--no such address. A wrong zip code and at best it's returned to the mail center and redelivered after a week or two with multiple cancellations (ugly). At worst, it just disappears.

2.  Have it hand cancelled. This may eliminate those ugly barcodes at the bottom and a scrawling cancellation at the top. Maybe. Some of my hand cancelled envelopes have been put through the sorting machine anyway, resulting in two overlapping cancellations and the barcode--really ugly, so

3.  Make the hand cancelled envelope nonmachinable (thus no barcode and machine cancellation). The PO says a letter is unmachinable if it is either too thick--greater than 1/4 inch), or lumpy (non-uniform thickness), or has rounded corners, or is stiff or contains a non-bendable object (like a pen) (can't run around in the machine), or has a clasp or other closure device (like a wax seal), or is a square greater than 5 x 5 inches, or if the address is parallel to the shorter side of a rectangle, or is non-rectangular, or the length divided by the height of the rectangle is less than 1.3 or greater than 2.5. Phwew!
Note:  if the letter is nonmachinable, there is a surcharge of 21 cents added to the regular postage.. the price of beauty. I've used all these things to avoid the machine, the most reliable and easiest is to make the envelope stiff--I enclose a piece of corrugated cardboard the size of the interior of the envelope.

4.  If the envelope is machinable, keep the return address away from the center of the envelope, whether on the back or front. The machine may read the return address as the recipient's address, and off it goes on a wild goose chase when the wrong barcode is applied. Eventually, a human may intervene and get it to the correct address. The last one thus addressed took 17 days to arrive (and this was from an address a couple of miles away).

5.  If the ink you're using is not waterproof (or at least water resistant), spray it with a sealer.

I'll add more hints as I think of them. Please add yours to this thread if you will. Let's keep those beautiful letters coming.

Show & Tell / Re: An Illuminated Proclamation
« on: July 15, 2014, 09:33:20 AM »

I get so sad when I finish a piece like this. It's like giving birth and giving your child away.  :'( So much heart and soul goes into every detail. I woke up two hours early today just to spend time with it before I deliver it late morning today to the client.

On the plus side, you can create another one (or more) in less than nine months.

Show & Tell / Re: My new logo or banner for etsy
« on: July 15, 2014, 09:15:57 AM »
Nice--really unique. Particularly like the r and d.

Show & Tell / Re: An Illuminated Proclamation
« on: July 13, 2014, 10:30:25 PM »
This is fine work. Well done.
I'd like to see a higher resolution of this. Where?

Tools & Supplies / Re: Brause 66 EF isn't being very nice
« on: July 13, 2014, 05:45:45 PM »

I've used a combination of these techniques to great effect to prepare nibs, which I'm happy to share.[/URL]

In fact, I am in the process of of preparing all of my 1000+ nubs

HAHA i see what you did there! Let me correct the grammar...

Step 1:  Place approximately one ounce of alcohol in a small glass (a shot glass works well).

Step 2: Drink alcohol.

Step 3: Pour more alcohol.

Step 4: Drink more alcohol. Fall into unconsciousness. Dream of a perfect nib.
That's about right

1000! nibs!! Holy scottish highland cows! My less than 10 nibs are now shivering in the cold, feeling exposed and lonely now.
Well, we can't have that now, can we? Nothing worse than a lonely nib. Well, except an empty ink bottle maybe.

Spencerian no 1???
Absolutely correct. Good one.
The quote is from an 1866 edition of Spencer's Spencerian Key to Practical Penmanship, it begins chapter XXI, Drawing, page 151.

I'm happy to send you one (plus the exemplar if you want it). I have your address from the letter exchange.

You're "it" now--come up with your own mystery nib.


A quill??! (Just a wild guess,
That's a brilliant guess. Not correct, but brilliant. I hope someone uses a quill one day on this (or any) thread.

I don't know which book you mean, but thought it must be a classic,
again, correct.

so I thought of the Universal Penman, and all originals from this time were written with quill )

And now you all can have a laugh :).
No laughing here. You're a good guesser. Try again, if you like.

Hunt 99?

Tell you what--I'll give a hint that should make it much easier.

The sample quote continues thusly:

"Writing and Drawing are sister Arts,
children of Form, and deriving from
their common element, the line,
with all its beautiful variations."

and is the first line in a chapter from a book, which I know at least a few of you have, and all of you have heard of.

And I'll send you this nib for the first correct guess, if you want. I have lots, and can get more at will.

Spencerian Script / Re: A little Duntonian Anyone?
« on: July 12, 2014, 10:19:10 AM »
Fascinating! And Camden, Maine is one of my favorite places!  :) Great share. Thank you!
Just curious--how do you know Camden, Maine? It's a bit out of the way from Florida.
(my excuse--I lived on Peaks Island for 4 1/2 years in the '80's)

Here's a view from my porch overlooking Casco Bay and the Portland skyline:

Spencerian Script / Re: A little Duntonian Anyone?
« on: July 10, 2014, 09:17:37 PM »
The hi-res .tiffs' are best. What is esp. interesting about those examples is that they show an evolutionary stage in the development of semi-angular writing (and Dunton's writing) in the United States because if you look at the capitals they're sort of halfway between Roundhand ones and later semi-angular ones, so T for example has the capital stem, but the A doesn't and nor does the B. The M and N have two shades too.

Dunton's business card uses the later styles of capitals which were popular in the 1870s, the A esp. so I suspect the business card was probably done in the late 1860s or 1870s.

Also, if you compare the lower case letters on the card to the lower case on his 1859 work, the business card letters have much more angular turns and the 1859 engraved ones are more rounded, which again was a feature of earlier semi-angular script.
Very astute observations.
Thanks very much for the link


Spencerian Script / A little Duntonian Anyone?
« on: July 10, 2014, 06:44:21 PM »
Hi everyone,

I always found it interesting that what we call Spencerian today might well be called Duntonian, were it not for the vigorous marketing efforts of Platt Rogers Spencer's sons in spreading their father's method of writing across the country. Although A. R. Dunton was a contemporary of Spencer and outlived him by decades, was a superior penman, and also wrote teaching manuals and taught as well, and published his method of writing well before P. R. Spencer, Dunton remains much less known and the credit for "inventing" this style of writing is given to Spencer. Oh, the power of marketing.

For those who may not know A. R. Dunton, I'm attaching a bio from Vol. 1 of Michael Sull's superb book Spencerian Script and Ornamental Penmanship (do get a copy if you can find one).

Following the bio, I'm attaching a scan of one of Dunton's business cards (I was lucky to buy on eBay about 10 years ago). The card is about 4 1/2 by 2 inches. This is not engraved--to say it was engraved would probably make Dunton whirl in his grave--but rather done with a pen, probably a quill he sharpened himself. The x-height on the smallest words--Summer and Residence--is about 1/32nd of an inch, and his hairlines the finest I've ever seen. Just incredible.
(If anyone has another original example, please post a scan of it here, if you will, I'd love to see more of his work)

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Where in the World?
« on: July 10, 2014, 04:09:31 PM »
One more country to the list
Pune, Maharashtra
Hi Prasad,

Nice to have someone from India on the forum. I visited Pune in 1988 on a trip with friends in Ahmedabad, visiting various places like Shirdi and Sakuri. Not sure if I'll ever get back there, but if so, I'll say hi.

Wow. What fantastic work.
Heading to YouTube to like it.

That's great! I've never seen an original in person, just the pictures Dr. Joe posted on and I also got some tips from Chris. Mine was mostly based on what I observed when I owned the PIA Hourglass Adjustable Oblique which, while based on the original Bullock design, differs on the build. Unfortunately I don't have much woodworking experience and I definitely can't use a lathe to turn pens so I've just been experimenting and making them for my own pens. I have also taken to converting old straight holders into obliques for fun, so far I've just used the Zanerian method to mount them.

I have a PIA hourglass also--they are a little different.
Rummaging through my supplies drawer, I see I have the little flourished envelope the Bullock came in, as well as the 1992 catalog from Paper and Inks Books (as they were known then). Sheesh, some people don't throw out anything. ::)
Anyway, I'll post some close-ups in a thread I'll start in tools and supplies within a few days for your perusal.

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