Monthly Archives: May 2016

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!