August 2018 Meeting

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NIBS! We all know that the most important part of any fountain pen is the nib, right? Some may disagree, but for all of you nib enthusiasts, this month’s topic will be “How Fountain Pen Nibs Are Made And Crafted”   Frank will give a presentation and it will be a good one!

Bring examples of your favorite nibs (inked so we can try them out :)), as well as any unique ones that you may have.

Hopefully we will have another poem from Verla this month and an update on the Filigree pen from John, as well.

See you on Friday the 17th at 6:30!


July Meeting Summary

The July meeting’s theme was Montblanc Pens and their history.  Francis put on an excellent slide presentation of the history of what we now know as Montblanc.  I have the slides and will be downloading them shortly.  After the presentation, many members showed a few of their pens and collections.  Here are just a few photos.

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Don’t forget, our next meeting is on August 17th at 6:30. See you there!

July 2018 Meeting

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The July Meeting will be on Friday July 20 at 6:30 pm.  Location and Direction on the right side of this page.

The theme for this month’s meeting is Montblanc Pens, Pencils, and Ephemera.  Please bring any examples and share them!  Francis will do a short presentation and we can sort through any examples and discuss this long lasting, and somewhat controversial Company.

See you on Friday!


June 2018 Meeting

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The June 2018 Meeting will be this Friday (June 15) at 6:30 at the Presbyterian Homes location (see map and address on right side of this page).  This month’s theme is Third Tier Pens.  These are thought of, historically, as the fountain pens that were less expensive and often (but not always) made of inferior materials such as steel nibs and cheaper plastic.  Sheaffers, Parker, Wahl Eversharp, and Waterman, among others were considered First tier pens, and these less expensive makers such as Arnold, Wearever, Majestic,  and many, many others are often lumped into the “third tier” category.  It is a murky category and often open to debate, as some are actually of higher quality.

Please bring a few examples if you have them for show and tell!  We look forward to seeing you!

May 2018 Meeting Summary

Friday May 18th marked our May Meeting.  Many thanks to Randy and the Presbyterian Homes for hosting us each month!

John Buettner treated us all to an interesting video on “Lost Wax Casting” and then discussed the techniques he will utilize to develop and produce a PENS silver filigree fountain pen for those members who are interested.  The project is exciting and the next step will be to agree on a design and nibs.  Here are a few photos of John and some of his equipment, tools and materials.

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Also, Verla Klassen, our member poet, read her monthly poem and this month’s was very appropriate to our growing group ~

The desire
For another fountain pen
Arrives with determination
Often unexpectedly
At a flea market
An antique shop
An estate sale
A pen show
A website
To have a few triggers
The focus strikes
All possibilities
Vie for attention
The type of nib
The filling system
Size, material used
Color, design
Our unique intrigue
Comparing the find
To an existing collection
How and where it fits
Images of the most suitable ink
And its use and purpose
Other than fulfilling
The need for acquisition
The history and name of the pen
Create topics of interactions
With like minded collectors
Indecision often equals loss
Finding solace from others
Acting on a find
Gratifying satisfaction
Meeting a challenging restoration
So many ways
To interact with fellow enthusiasts
That make up
This special community

Verla Klassen 5-18-18


Finally, Joel Moline, as you know, is an accomplished artist and ceramicist. This June he will be the featured Artist with a month long exhibition at The Arts Center of Saint Peter

You can link to the Center above.  There will be ceramics, drawings, and prints by Joel.  As you know, Joel uses fountain pens for some of his work, which is stunning.  And, on June 23rd, from 2 to 5 pm, there will be a special reception in honor of Joel and his wife – thus the theme of the month long exhibition – 50 Years Of Art and Marriage.   

If you get the chance, what a great opportunity to enjoy the drive down to St. Peter and support Joel and see his work.

May 2018 Meeting

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The May Meeting is tomorrow! May 18, 2018.  Time flies when you are having fun with pens (and ink and paper, you get the point…).

The theme of tomorrow night’s meeting will be – making a pen with silver filigree using lost wax casting.   John Buettner will once again bring his talents to our Meeting and provide a demonstration of his techniques.

Frank’s award winning newsletter will also be available to all, so don’t miss this one!

April 2018 Meeting Recap

The April Meeting (April 20) was well attended as we had 21 members and guests.  Here is a candid photo as everyone assembled.
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After a bit of socializing, we all settled in to the video room and Francis shared an excellent You Tube video, courtesy of a reference from Garland, on the manufacturing process of Lamy Pens in Germany.  After the video, we shared brief examples of some of our favorite Lamy pens.  The variations of pens was amazing.  Below are a small example of some of the Lamy pens that were on display.

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Our next meeting will be on May 18!

April 2018 Meeting

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Well, taxes are hopefully paid, and the Snow is gone, so its time for the April 2018 meeting – this Friday April 20 at 6:30 pm.  The theme for this month’s meeting is Lamy Pens!

Please bring any Lamy pens, Ink, or related Lamy materials to this months meeting!  We hope to have another large turnout!

March 2018 Meeting

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The March Meeting was held on March 16 and we had a large turnout of 19 members!  Francis did a nice slideshow presentation on Italian made pens.  He followed them from their beginnings in the early 1900s through the 1990s.  It was very inciteful and brought out many interesting conversations from the membership.  After the talk, several members shared the Italian pens that they have in their collections and everyone had a good time listening and trying some of them out.

Below is a small sample of some of the Italian writing instruments that members shared ~

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Please join us for the April Meeting on April 20 at 6:30 pm!

February 2018 Meeting Recap

The February Meeting was well attended and Basil provided some excellent refreshments.  The theme was Pen Paraphernalia and an interesting assortment was shared.  There were blotters, pen storage wraps, old portable writing desks, ink storage boxes, pen stands, journals, magnifiers, and even some pen jewelry.

Here is a small group of photos of some of the contributions ~

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