October 2021 Live Meeting

As mentioned ibn the last post, the October Meeting at Wet Paint is approaching. Following is the email from Francis, containing instructions as to what you need to do if you want to attend. The theme is Contemporary Pens.

“Our P.E.N.S. meeting this month October 20th, 2021 is at the Wet Paint store, in St.Paul.

The theme of the meeting is Contemporary Fountain Pens. Bring 3 or4 examples of your contemporary pens and tells us what made you buy the pen, what kind of nib it has, and did the pens meet your expectations.

Virginia from Wet Paints has asked those attending the meeting at their store to sign up their web site below: https://info.wetpaintart.com/event/p-e-n-s-meet-up/

Wet Paint is putting a cap on attendance so there is room for everyone to be able to sit down and not be too on top of each other. It is also required that those in attendance wear a mask

October 2021 Meeting

We will have our first in-person meeting in a long time on October 20, 2021 (6 pm) at Wet Paint, in St. Paul. Joel has advised, in conversations with Wet Paint, that all members will have to register by contacting Wet Paint (link to their website is above), prior to the meeting. Spaces will be limited due to Covid spacing concerns, so get your reservation in as soon as possible.

An email should follow soon from Francis which will further outline the agenda and any other comments on the meeting.

August 2021 Meeting Access

This month’s meeting, described in the previous post, will take place at 6:00 CDT. Francis has provided the following access instructions to the ZOOM meeting:

Topic: Parker Vacumatic Pen Repair demonstration

Time: Aug 18, 2021 06:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 832 8850 8903

Passcode: 100886

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Meeting ID: 832 8850 8903

Passcode: 100886

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/keHRBXc1TB

August 2021 On Line Meeting

The August Meeting will be Wednesday August 18th at 6 PM via Zoom.

We hope this will be our last meeting on Zoom. We have a few options for a face to face meeting space which will be discussed at the meeting.

The theme of this coming Wednesday’s meeting is Parker Vacumatic Repair.

Francis will take15- 20 minutes to demonstrate the process of taking the pen apart to replace the rubber nipple(bladder) on Parker Vacumatics.

A meeting invitation will be emailed to all Members nearer to the 18th, and we will post here as well.

July 2021 Meeting

We will have our Pen Club meeting on Zoom** Wednesday July 21st at 6:00pm.

The theme for the evening is Pen Storage Systems. Tell us your method of storing your fountain pens safely and securely. I hope to post the invitation details here prior to the meeting,

June Meeting Video

Francis has provided us with a video of the meeting on Letterlocking (how many of us have tried this – I have :).

The link can be found here. The passcode is 9V@1ZB3W   

June 2021 Meeting Recap – Letterlocking

We were joined by Evan Harris of Stationary Orbit last night for a fascinating discussion of Letterlocking. For those of us who did not know anything about Letterlocking, it is a word coined in 2009 for the ancient art of folding, cutting, tucking, waxing, taping or otherwise manipulating a piece (or pieces) of paper that has a communication on it, to send through the Mail, without using an envelope.

A few members have a working knowledge of this and were able to share their experiences as well. Evan actually demonstrated a few different types of folds and discussed using wax seals or tape to secure them. He also discussed how successful he has been in sending these through the USPS, and the extra cost involved to do so.

Here is a link to several You Tube videos on Letterlocking, if you have not already seen them. It is an excellent summary and hopefully lead to a few letters sent using this method. Don’t forget the extra 20 cents :).

The virtual July meeting will take place on July 23 and the topic will be “Pen Storage”. Please come prepared to discuss how you store your pens, with photos, or videos, if possible.

June 16, 2021 Meeting Update

Join us for tomorrow night’s Zoom Meeting (details in post below).


Meeting ID: 814 0455 5085

Passcode: 316396

June 2021 Meeting

Our On Line / Virtual Pen Club meeting is scheduled for this coming Wednesday June 16th, 2021 at 6 PM Central

The speaker is Evan Harris co-host of Stationary Orbit podcast. 

He will be discussing; 

“Letterlocking”, the process of folding, cutting, and adhering letters to be sent without any sort of envelope. Letter locks can include various levels of security to prevent the letters from being read, and are part of a great historical tradition. Much of this is based off the work of the Unlocking History Lab at MIT**. Letter locking is a great way to personalize your letters and to use fountain pens in interesting ways”.

The link to the Zoom meeting will be sent by Francis to all Members on Tuesday and I will post her as soon as I have it.

May Meeting Recap

Our May Zoom Meeting was attended by 20 members and the topic of nib repair and minor pen restoration was led by Francis. He used both live feeds to demonstrate nib removal, cleaning, burnishing and tweaking, shared a video on nibs which covered many basic properties of nibs and minor adjustments that can be made.

The video is here.

Thank you to all who joined, both members and new members. We were joined by Evan Harris of the Stationary Orbit Website and Podcast. We thank him for his input and look forward to his web content. Check it out in the link above and we have also linked on the Blogroll to the right.

Francis’ presentation sparked interest in repairs and a good resource for repair supplies is Pentooling.com.

Once again, thank you, Francis, for the entertaining evening, and for everyone’s comments and contributions to the discussion.

Stay tuned for the June Meeting notes here in a few weeks. Unfortunately, we will still be meeting on the Zoom platform, but the last several presentations have used both live and prepared feeds with great results. I will post the date and time of the next meeting here as soon as I know, and a link to my contact if you need the Zoom link.

Have a great Month

Addendum (5-22-21): A video of Francis’ presentation (parts of it) can be seen here, and by using the following passcode: =ik8wJ.q the equal sign (=) is included in the passcode.