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Calligrapher’s Hands

I used to be a calligrapher, ages and ages ago. At the time, I worked as an architectural draftsperson so I already knew (and was good at) tiny, concise, and neat lettering. It was an easy jump from there to calligraphy. Eventually that thing we used to call “desktop publishing” came around and most people lost interest in have hand-done calligraphy.

But just as fountain pens seem to have having a moment, calligraphy is once again popular. At the calligraphers’ guild table, you could get your name lettered on a bookmark by an obliging gentleman. So I did.

Dallas Pen Show
Dallas, Texas
photographed 9.25.2021

The nibmeister at work

I like fountain pens – they are my first choice of writing instruments.

But there are people who LOVE fountain pens. I saw a lot of them the other weekend when I went to a fountain pen show. (Yes. Those are Actual Events that many people attend.)

There were lots of vendors at the show; the most popular items seemed to be vintage pens (and vintage mechanical pencils), but there were new pens, lots of ink and paper options, and pen-specific vendors, like this gentleman. He’s a nibmeister (Yes. That is an Actual Profession) and he’s working on a custom grind on a pen nib.

Dallas Pen Show
Dallas, Texas
photographed 9.25.2021

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