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Completed/Past Exchanges / 2022 Sun Moon & Stars Exchange Results
« on: June 28, 2022, 04:16:35 PM »
Results from 2022 Sun Moon & Stars Exchange --Big Fun, great results.

Completed/Past Exchanges / 2022 Flower Power Exchange Results
« on: June 21, 2022, 05:33:50 PM »
Results from 2022 Flower Power exchange. These are from list one (missing @Barbara Jane mitchell --anyone get one from her?). There was only one list for this exchange, so these are it.

Workshops & Conference News / thegentlepenman
« on: June 02, 2022, 11:00:17 AM »
Just bumped into this site offering workshops via zoom by really high level teachers in in a variety of penmanship styles, including my favorite--Spencerian--by Michael Sull. Check it out.

Word of the Day / Prelapsarian
« on: May 26, 2022, 11:44:09 AM »
In the days before Google and ubiquitous internet access, the most often used book in our house was the 1550 page American Heritage Dictionary, to which I would refer when coming across a word I did not know and was unable to figure out the meaning of from context. Interestingly, this word was not in that dictionary (so I would have referred to an unabridged dictionary in the day). Now the meaning is obtained easily with a few keystrokes. It's context was in referring to the FBI prior to 2016. So, a little hole in my vocabulary was filled today. I'd wager a history buff or biblical scholar (of which I am neither) would know it on sight.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Stamps and Letters
« on: May 01, 2022, 05:55:48 PM »
A friend pointed me to this article about using vintage stamps to decorate hand-written letters/envelopes, which I have done for years, particularly in the exchanges, matching the color envelopes or theme of the exchange. I've also received a few. Anyone else do this currently?

Word of the Day / Satisficing
« on: April 17, 2022, 06:06:33 PM »
Is it not fun to discover someone has coined a new word that describes a complex subject in a single word?
This from the first paragraph of a book review in the April 16-17 edition of the Wall Street Journal, describing a person's quest for the perfect audio system.
Could apply to any tool or endeavor--penmanship perhaps?

Adding the attribution (which I forgot when posting originally).

Spencerian Script / Trade Card
« on: April 14, 2022, 05:56:43 PM »
I recently purchased this trade card on eBay from the Green Bay Business College, circa 1880-1886, as the Wikipedia article suggests. Thought you might like to see it.
Anyone think the hairlines are too thin?

Workshops & Conference News / 2022 IAMPETH conference
« on: March 26, 2022, 11:35:22 AM »
Today is the first day to sign up for the 2022 IAMPETH conference in Atlanta in July. Anyone else signing up?

Tools & Supplies / New/Old Ink/Nib Test
« on: January 16, 2022, 12:04:25 PM »
The topic of when to throw away a nib and replace it with a new one comes up once in a while, and, more rarely, when to throw out ink and replace it with fresh. I'm one who is reluctant to throw away a nib, perhaps because the nibs I use most frequently are hard and somewhat expensive to replace. Nevertheless, when the nib won't give proper hairlines (the most obvious clue) on any paper or with any ink, out it goes. This might occur after 5-10 pages of writing or maybe 50-75 (?) envelopes addressed. Never really precisely kept track. It's one of those things you know it when you see it.

Ink is another matter. Its usefulness seems to degrade much more slowly over time and vary among the various types of ink. I have some rarely used inks over 10 years old which still seem to work well. My go to ink is McCaffery's Penman's Black, and I keep a once ounce bottle on my desk all the time, topping it off as needed from a master bottle. Every 6-18 months, I dump the bottle and start with new. Last week, I dumped the one ounce bottle, which lasted about a year, I think, and it had about 1/4 inch of near solid sludge at the bottom, which, if I wasn't careful, would mix in somewhat with the new added ink and cause problems.

So, with the new year, out with the old and in with the new, both ink and nibs in the five pens I use most--three with Gillott 604ef nibs (two for iron gall ink, one for non-iron gall, mostly colored inks), one with a Spencerian #1 nib, and one with a vintage Gillott 303.

I've compared the nibs/ink, old and new, starting with one of the G604ef nibs (the others I'll test as I use them). What a difference.
Morale of the story for me--change the ink and nibs more often, and bear the cost.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Hmmm
« on: January 13, 2022, 08:24:46 PM »
Hmmm . . .

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Addressing Christmas Envelopes
« on: November 26, 2021, 11:57:34 AM »
Technology has come a long way from 1993 when I addressed my Christmas envelopes using a light box I made myself. No LED's back then, so I used fluorescent tubes for the light source. That thing must have been 8 inches thick, but worked pretty well. I'm toying with using this script for this year's envelopes, but time may rule that out, as each one took me a half hour or so back then, and I'm probably not any faster now. Then, I had less than a dozen to do, now more than a hundred. Anyone else using broad pen to address their holiday offerings?

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Medieval calligraphy
« on: November 16, 2021, 06:00:13 PM »
@Ken Fraser  @K-2
Ken Fraser has been admirably holding down the fort almost alone for the past few years in the broad edge section of the forum, so I thought I'd post a few things here to enliven the place. This is an envelope I did 5 years ago for my wife Kate. Any guesses as to what script this is?

Workshops & Conference News / IAMPETH Virtual
« on: November 01, 2021, 01:34:16 PM »
IAMPETH is offering demonstrations of 12 different calligraphic styles by 12 well known teachers on line November 18-19, 2021. The demos are offered in blocks of three for $45 or all twelve for $160 and you don't have to be a member of IAMPETH to participate. So, if you are interested in seeing how these styles are done, check it out. Looks interesting. Registration begins today.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / For your enjoyment
« on: November 01, 2021, 10:08:04 AM »
from today's paper.

Spencerian Script / Imperfection
« on: September 05, 2021, 02:17:25 PM »
In the spirit of this quote of Conrad Hall, I'm posting this rough bit of work (the first sentence I've written today). Do you agree with Hall?

You might notice here ghosts of other letters. As I use both sides of practice paper, work from another day is on the back of this piece of paper. I generally fill one side and put it aside to dry and use the second side another day. No sense wasting paper.

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