Last week I posted this to Twitter:
I’ve always been a big fan of writing instruments, as well as watches, clocks, stationery, etc. (I must have worked at some kind of office supply store in a previous life.) I used to use a feather quill and inkpot for um, missives of a romantic nature but have long since lost track of that stuff.
Fast forward to last June and TheWife and I, along with our NJ friends John and Lisa, were at the Mountain Heritage Craft Festival in WV. Among the dozens of vendors were two pen makers. Now I’m not talking about representatives of Mont Blanc or Waterman setting up a table in a field to shill their, albeit high quality, mass produced instruments. I’m talking about individual craftsmen who hand create beautiful works of scripting art one at a time. I found a very nice ballpoint pen (shown in the Twitter picture link above) and convinced TheWife to get it for me for Father’s Day.
A few weeks ago I noticed that the post-cap (I don’t know that there is an actual name for it but it’s the silver part at the bottom of the pen where you post the cap while writing) had come off and I had lost the internal parts of it. Since the pen maker lives about an hour away, I contacted him and made an appointment to visit his shop so he could repair my pen. While I was there I found a fountain pen he made using the same type of wood, stain, and hardware as my current ballpoint.
Naturally, I bought it.
Finally owning a real fountain pen has inspired me to try and physically write more. Longhand. Cursive. Squiggly chicken scratchings. Yeah, my handwriting has seriously degraded since high school. I also noticed my hand started cramping after a paragraph. So while maintaining my lightning fast hunt & peck typing speed, I’m also trying to work those penmanship muscles.
Part of this new workout regime is going to be sending holiday cards. So if you would like a card and don’t normally receive one from us, or you’ve moved in the last year, feel free to email me your snail mail address at email@example.com.
(Caveat: Most of my cards are of the Merry Christmas variety. If you’d like a card and prefer a “Happy Holidays” card, please let me know. I’m happy to send your preferred holiday greeting. I believe the communication is more important than forcing my belief in a jolly, old, elf with hoarding issues.)