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Word of the Day / Ataraxia
« on: September 01, 2020, 05:54:39 PM »
Try it in your own hand.

Word of the Day / Experience
« on: August 22, 2020, 06:08:52 PM »

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Calling Cards
« on: August 21, 2020, 02:32:46 PM »
Many calling cards were hand written in the 19th Century by very talented penman (for example, A. R. Dunton was said to have written 50 for Charles Dickens, each in a different style--would love to see one of those). I thought this article interesting on the very formal rules for card giving and receiving back then.

Everyday Handwriting | Penmanship / Cursive
« on: July 15, 2020, 09:13:42 AM »
For your enjoyment.
From the Atlanta Journal Constitution, 14 July 2020.

There is an earlier thread with this title, but as it is quite dated, I thought I'd start a new one with this article.

Coffee & Nib-bles / A Hostage's Guide to Isolation
« on: April 08, 2020, 10:01:58 AM »
As many of us are sheltering in place these days, away from our friends and family, I found this article, which appeared in the Wall Street Journal today, most interesting, with many good suggestions from one who would know.

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Time to write a Letter?
« on: April 02, 2020, 09:46:42 AM »
For your enjoyment.

Word of the Day / Keep Calm and Carry On
« on: March 13, 2020, 11:57:15 AM »
This slogan originated in Great Britain around 1939 as it faced the peril of WWll. I thought it might be appropriate for these times of uncertainty.

Word of the Day / Count that day lost
« on: March 09, 2020, 05:44:54 PM »
This is a quote (often misattributed to Longfellow) that Madarasz was said to have written thousands of times in practice. I was pretty sure it was on the forum somewhere, but I couldn't find it, so wrote it out just for fun. This is the place on the forum to show and do practise, so why not have a go at it?

Word of the Day / Endure
« on: March 04, 2020, 09:51:47 AM »

Word of the Day / Ecclesiaties 3
« on: February 26, 2020, 03:52:23 PM »

Tools & Supplies / Precision T-Rule
« on: December 06, 2019, 10:54:08 AM »
This is one terrific tool.
It's a ruler graduated in 1/64ths with a huge number of slots and holes that lets you mark or measure almost anything with great precision. It's flexible too, so you can mark something like a bowl.
It solved one problem I've had for a long time:  marking opaque large envelopes with temporary guidelines when the envelopes are made of a shiny surface, making the laser level ineffective. It can be used to make guidelines of any size down to 1/64th inch x-ht You just put a fine pencil (0.5mm or less) in one of the holes and slide the rule along a straight edge (like a light box) and bingo--you have the line you want--no measuring. Losing the T part, you can draw concentric arcs or circles (using one hole as a pivot and a second hole for the pencil) up to 24 inches in diameter for large work. So handy.

Spencerian Script / Writing Small
« on: October 23, 2019, 11:09:34 AM »
Hi Everyone,

I was delighted recently to find and buy this cover with a wonderful and very small example of early Spencerian writing on it. It was probably written in the late 1850's based on the stamp (a Scott #25, for those collectors among you, which was issued in the 1857-61 series). Postage rates were based on both weight and distance to destination then, and the rate was 3 cents for up to 1/2 ounce and less than 3000 miles for a letter. Pretty expensive at that time, so often envelopes were quite small and the writing would be small as well and generally letters were written on both sides of the paper. This fine writing (x-height about 1/32 inch) was probably done with a quill (although there are nibs that would allow this size writing) based on the date. It also has an interesting closure on the back. It's not wax, as it is very thin and precisely defined. It looks like a stamped metallic foil. Very dainty (and light), and is in the shape of a little padlock.
 I've photographed it on top of a number 10 envelope and next to a pen to give you an idea of it's size. Such fun.

April 23.
Care to post your "John Hancock?"

Open Flourish | General Discussion / Opinions Vary
« on: April 16, 2018, 02:41:32 PM »
"I am in complete alignment with AnasaziWrites. There are many times, I thought his work were generated from a computer typeface and I have suspected as so.  It wasn't until Sir Fraser described the process of this creation, that I was enlightened.  I am still at awe of his work.  I also recognized another master scribe, Michael Moore."

I'm replying to your comment in this new thread so as not to sidetrack or dilute Ken's "My Compendium of Lettering Styles" thread in any way.
First, thank you for the compliment of suggesting I might be a master scribe. Unfortunately, it is not so. Unlike Ken, who has decades of experience working at a very high level and a wide and deep portfolio of fine work, I have only 6 years of study of a single script (Spencerian), with a dabble or two in a few other scripts for fun. I'm not a one in a thousand (or million) people who can begin at square one and master a hand in a few years. I wish I were, but wishing doesn't make it so.
I am a student of the hand, like you, working to improve, enjoying the journey, hoping through continued practice and instruction, to one day have a fair hand.
I'm putting this out in a public post, as opposed to a pm to you only, to assure the general forum that I do not consider myself to be a master scribe (or master of anything) lack of a reply to your post might imply.
Write on, friends.

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