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Spencerian Script / Re: Spencerian Sashiko
« on: June 14, 2024, 10:27:07 PM »
That is so good.
Wondering if you had a swear box for every time you stabbed your finger? ;D ;D


Spencerian Script / Re: Sandserian
« on: June 14, 2024, 01:42:51 AM »
That is sooooo coooool.


Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Re: Entry in Roll of Freemen
« on: June 08, 2024, 02:38:02 AM »
@Mark T:  Ken does, indeed, have a ďmemoirĒ.  - I have a DVD that chronicles his work & many accompaniments!  I believe that he may still have some to sell.  I treasure mine!  Itís a treasure-trove of fabulous calligraphy!  He is a genius!  (Iím a big fan, as you likely can tell!)


@JanisTX - Am I envious? Of course not......... much :'(

@Mr Fraser - Oh well. I'll just have to settle for your works here, of which I am happy to do.


Spencerian Script / Re: Spencerian Rose14
« on: June 06, 2024, 09:21:06 PM »
Yes, you succeeded.
Very nice.

Broad Edge Pen Calligraphy / Re: Entry in Roll of Freemen
« on: June 06, 2024, 08:26:16 PM »
What a lovely thread.
Informative for the learner as well as the experienced.
Great question, Mike, and so much knowledge passed on by Mr Fraser with so few words.

Question for Mr Fraser - Have you ever written your memoirs?
I ask the question, because solely, I typed into the internet your name and the word 'author' and sadly, all I could find was on the 'FPN' dated 11 years ago. (Oh, how I agree with the acholade you were so rightly afforded.)
MASTER SCRIBE? I should cocoa!!!

Appologies for hyjacking the thread, Mike.




Sounds like the okee kokee........

You leave the Gllott nib in, You take the Gillot nib out.
Nib in, nib out - you shake it all about......

I'll grab my coat  ;D ;D

Show & Tell / Re: Hotel Tariff
« on: May 22, 2024, 06:47:28 AM »
Really do find the word 'Tariff' (and choice of colourings) pretty, and the thought of a 'Full Scottish Breakfast',...... hmmmm, num num num num num.

2024 Exchanges / Re: An Important Message About Exchanges
« on: May 21, 2024, 09:14:11 AM »
The week for mail from America

Mike - I am in your debt. Thank you so very much for the nibs. They arrived yesterday. They will be going into my posh pens for sure.
Not that I can do much, but if there is ever anything you wish for from this side of the pond, please don't hesitate to ask.


Today, I received the Valentines exchange card. The card will be going straight into my writing box. Thank you so much.


Kind Critique / Re: Nay worries - I can take it.
« on: May 17, 2024, 03:32:52 PM »
I'm happier than a dog with two of them, and I'm not talking tails.
I go into a wheelchair tomorrow for the first time in over two years and I get to see the inside of my house. Can't get into the kitchen as the door opening is fine but the kitchen cupboards will restrict the entry, but the best thing is, and I had smoke in my eyes when I thunked of it - I can get into my swim (spare bedroom named after a fishing area and used as my man cave full of guitars, amps and matchsticks. Thousands and thousands of matchsticks) where I can put all of my calligraphy items, pads, nib holders, nibs, inks - basically all my 'writing paraphenalia'. I can't tell you how happy I am to be able to finally use my lightbox on a flat surface, but most of all - to start all over again teaching my hand/wrist/forearm/shoulder to become one. My wife has been told to only interrupt me tomorrow if the cat has its tail stuck in the mangle. I don't have a cat. I don't have a mangle either come to think of it. Anyway - tomorrow I intend to start my practice with a vengeance/passion, such was my passing comment several months back in regards to hours spent practicing.
Knowing what to write, I thunked was going to be an issue, but then it sprung up between the eyes.
I need to do the alphabet and the drills properly - with the surface horizontal instead of struggling at an angle.
Now I can say my journey officially starts.
My wife is really happy, too.
Not because I'm now able to get out/off the bed to be able to do my calligraphy and flourishing, but using her words,...... "Does this mean I don't have to try and get ink spots off the bed sheets and quilt cover anymore" ;D ;D ;D
I don't recall what my reply to that was, but it must have been bad 'cos I've only just came round. ;) ;D
Tonight I prep and choose the ink I wish to use.


@Ken Fraser Iím with you!  I love Spencerian majiscules & Copperplate minuscules!  I know that itís ďagainst the rulesĒ, but rules are meant to be broken! 😃.

Rules are for other people, Janis.
Well, tiz in my world!  ;D :) ;)

Show & Tell / Re: Chef's Menu
« on: May 13, 2024, 10:58:30 AM »
That is really pretty to the eye.

Coffee & Nib-bles / Re: Is there 'noise' in the background?
« on: May 11, 2024, 10:29:37 AM »
Rachmaninoff: Piano concerto #2 in C minor.
Beautiful piece of music to listen too when partaking in drills.

Such a pretty holder.

The first time I saw this holder was last year.
Where did you see it, Mark?
I'll tell me.
I joined facebook so as to join a certain medical forum/group or whatever it is called. After joining, I was also told that there would be a calligraphy site/forum/group on facebook, just need to find it, so I went looking. The first place I found (awesome place called 'Copperplate script for all) uses the above pen as their logo. So I went reading the whatever it is called, and after scrolling down was when I read what somebody had written. The author couldn't praise Mr Fraser any higher even if they wished to. Obviously, prior to that reading I had no idea who Mr Fraser was, only that if I had the chance to see his writing(s) then grab the opportunity. Well, shortly after that I had the fortune to find this forum and I couldn't believe my luck when I saw the name of the author of many threads.
They say (don't know who they are, but,.....) that if you wait long enough your luck changes - I don't know about that 'cos I've played the bloody lottery every week since 1994 and the most I have ever won is £120.00 and even then I had to share it with my sons and wife - but I didn't wait long to find Mr Frasers writings, and all I can say, is, I am so thankful, and to add, whilst this threads original posting shows a pretty pen, I daresay that the OP could write with a sharpened broom handle and the writings would be graceful to say the least.
This thread is helpful, as looking at Brian Smiths beautiful pens reminds me to send a request for a pen to be handmade by Adam.


Open Flourish | General Discussion / Re: Blooming Landscaping
« on: April 30, 2024, 05:03:40 AM »
Great thread.
All of the flowers are so pretty.
The closest I get to being green fingered is when I spill my bottle of 'Racing Green' Diamine ink all over the covers and my hands. (Why do the manufacturers tighten the bloody lids so tight. GRRRRR)
My wife is the gardener in this house. She loves lily's (Lillies) and Orchids. She has a couple on the go at the moment but blackfly is rife at the moment.


Show & Tell / Re: Phone doodles
« on: April 26, 2024, 07:53:12 AM »
WOW! That is sooooooo cool, and so talented.

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