May 2016 Meeting Recap

The May Meeting was an excellent insight into the world of Pen Turning and Pen Making.  Member John Buettner  brought in his tools, supplies and machinery and gave us a demonstration on the various types of pens, fountain pens, and pencils (and even some awesome jewelry) that he makes from various materials from Silver to Plastics.  All are extraordinary works of craftsmanship and we are grateful to John for sharing his talents with us.

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and a small video of polishing.  Yes, we now have video on our site.  Look for more as the month’s roll on.

May 2016 Meeting

The May Meeting will be on Friday May 20, and feature member John Buethner demonstrating the making of pens barrels, sections and caps from raw materials.
John will  bring samples of his work to show and  will make custom pens on order with nib of your choice.
We will meet at 6:30 pm at our usual location at the Presbyterian Homes.  See you there!
Meeting at: Time 6:30 PM
2845 Hamline Ave N
Roseville, MN 55113

April 2016 Meeting Recap

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The following are excerpts from President Francis Bulbulian’s email to members:

The April meeting was held at Wet Paint in St. Paul with 17 pen club attendees and 7 guests. Francis presented a brief history of the P.E.N.S. organization, membership and various educational aspects of the Pen Club to the store guest attending.

Virginia McBride from Wet Paint brought out 8 different types of paper products for our expert testers write on & elicit comments. Participants gave grades of 1-5 with 5 the highest satisfaction with the papers provided.

Papers tested: were 3 different weight & finish of Strathmore papers made in the US , Tomoe paper from Japan, Rodea-R paper from France, ClairFountain Clay-coated paper from France, Hahnemuhle paper from Germany, Zerkall paper from Germany. Testers gave Tomoe paper the highest grade in satisfaction. Hahnemuhle & Zerkall papers were tied for second place.

Other short notes:

*         Frank Crescioni, Mike Carter, Brian Holstine and I attended the Chicago Pen Show April 28th thru May 1st. I will write a brief report of the Show.

*         The club received the first issue of WES (Writing Equipment Society) English magazine. In addition we are now members and order repair videos and other items for the club at a discount. Web site is
*         Good news; we now have 20 new paid club members for 2016!


April 2016 Meeting

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Our next meeting is April 15th at WET Paint on Grand Ave in St. Paul, MN. We will start at 6:30 PM and the Theme of the meeting is Testing Paper & Ink.

Wet Paint is located at 1684 Grand Avenue in St. Paul and its website, including directions can be accessed here.



March 2016 Meeting Recap

We had a good showing once more for our March 18th meeting.  Our President, Francis has submitted the report below.
  1. The theme of the meeting, if you missed the meeting,  was vintage pens and pencils in their original boxes. There was wide selection of sets with very interesting & clever presentation boxes. Some of the boxes alone go for high dollars.  Attached are a few picture showing examples from our members vaults
  1. Frank Crescioni was back from his business trip to the United Arab Emirate’s and had some interesting observations.
  2. The winners of the Round # 8 Pen Cartoon were Randy Kirsch 1st place & Joel & Fritz tied for 2nd place.  I also reported that I have another half a dozen new pen cartoons that I got from Dennis Mikalean when I visited the LA Pen Show this past February.
  3. Thanks to Neil for the food & drink. Mike Carter has volunteered to bring finger foods for our May get together.
  4. We have 2 Repair Videos by Jim Marshall. One purchased and one donated to our library. Randy checked out the Parker 51 Repair Video. As I mentioned at the meeting we have a Library of books & magazines at Presbyterian Homes which Randy is in charge of.
  5. John Buettner will give us a demonstration of Pen-Turning (making pens from raw materials) at our May meeting.
  6. Our next meeting is April 15th at WET Paint on Grand Ave in St. Paul, MN. We will start at 6:30 PM and the Theme of the meeting is Testing Paper & Ink. A variety of papers will be provided by Wet Paint for our testing. Bring your favorite pen or quill to do some testing. We will take a poll of the top 3 papers preferred by the pen club members present.
Submitted by Francis Bulbulian
Pen Club President

March 2016 Meeting

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The March Meeting will be this Friday (March 18, 2016)  at the Presbyterian Homes Office Building (direction on the right side of this website).  The theme for this month’s meeting is Vintage (pre 1960s) Pen Sets in their original boxes.  So, search for those Pen and Pencil (or I suppose Pen and Ballpoint, or Pen and whatever) sets that have a matching box and bring them in for show and tell. Also, don’t forget to bring recent finds and any projects you may be working on.   We look forward to seeing everyone on Friday night!

And don’t forget, Frank’s award winning newsletter will be available to all.


February Meeting Review

The February Meeting saw a good attendance and several new attendees!   The topic was Italian Pens and several members brought representative samples for us to peruse.

Here are few ~

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One thing we learned is that Italian pens, at least the more recent ones, are extremely ornate and colorful…

Our next meeting will be March 18 and the topic will be Pre – 1960s boxed Pen and Pencil sets. So, scour those closets and storage bins for some vintage boxed sets to share.

February Meeting

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Our February Meeting is at 6:30 on February 19.  The topic for this month’s meeting is Italian Pens and Pen Related Items.  So search through your collections, or come armed with Italian Pen questions!  See you there!

January 2016 Meeting Recap

The January Meeting was well attended despite the warm temperatures as you can see here ~

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Our theme was newer pens.  Several members brought along pens from there collections.  Thanks to everyone for doing so, and to Frank for the outstanding refreshments!

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Check back here shortly to see the February Meeting notes. It will be on Friday February 19.

Holiday Party 2015

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The PENS Holiday Party is fast approaching —  Please see below for a copy of the email invitation sent out by Francis.  The Party is a lot of fun, with great food and some fun contests.  Don’t forget to bring your most beautiful pen, ugliest pen, and a working gold nibbed pen for the gift exchange!   Also, please bring some food or drink to share on the buffet table.

PENS* Holiday Party 2015
*Pen Enthusiast Northern Society
You Are Invited

Summerhouse Apartments, Community Room
4655 North Victoria St.
Shoreview, MN 55126-5885

Date: Sunday December 27th

Time: 4:00 PM to 9:00PM

Please bring an appetizer, dessert, or beverage


From Minneapolis:
Highway 94 East to 280 North, connect to 35W North.

North on 35W, then East (right) on hwy 96, (past 694)
Hwy 96 to North Victoria, approx. 2 miles.
Turn left (North) at stoplight onto Victoria, 0.1 mile to Summerhouse Apartment on left side. Park in apartment parking lot, or in lot on left just before apartment.

From St. Paul:
Highway 35E North to 694. Go West (left) on 694 to Lexington Ave. Go North (right) on Lexington to Hwy 96. Go East (right) on 96 to North Victoria, approx 1 mile. Turn left at stoplight onto North Victoria, 0.1 mile to Summerhouse Apartment on left side.
Park in apartment parking lot, or in lot on left just before apartment.

This is a secure building. One of the PENS members, will be at the door to greet you.
If you have questions, or get lost, contact
Francis Bulbulian @ 651-983-6165.

Remember to bring your most your Beautiful pen, Ugliest pen for judging by the ladies for prizes. Also bring a gift pen with gold nib, working condition, for the traditional Pen exchange.


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