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March 2019 Meeting



We are having our PENS meeting at the WET PAINT store this Friday the 15th of March.
Their address is: 1684 Grand Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55105
Time: 6:00-7:30 (the store closes at 8 pm) Please come 15 minutes early so we can get started on time.

Virginia is our host at Wet Paint for the evening. , We will test diffrent inks that are on site. Don’t forget to bring a few pens and your favorite paper to test the inks. We might take a survey of your favorite papers and ink.

Incidentally there is a 15% sale going on March 4th thru April 30.

We understand one of the store vendors is going to give door prizes, so come one come all and test you luck. See you Friday evening.

We will not have any refreshments at this meeting due to the location.

*Thanks to Joel Moline for setting up this meeting with Virginia at the store.


February 2019 Meeting

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The February Meeting will be on Friday February 15, 2019 at 6:30, same pen time, same pen place.. (for directions, please direct your attention to the right side of this page).

The topic for this month will be ” Other Collections“.  What else do you collect?  Bring photos or examples (no firearms, please).   For those of you that collect vintage autos, Randy has indicated that the ample parking lot outside is available!

And of course, please bring any recent finds, and pen discussion materials.

Brave the cold and come for some warm pen conversation!

January 2019 Meeting

The first meeting of 2019 is this Friday evening!


Our speaker is Barry Rubin an entrepreneur who was the president of INK. His store till a few years back was in the IDS building . For those of you who had an opportunity to visit it, you know how spectacular the view was, and the selection of pens was superb as well. Our Pen Club once had our regular meeting in his beautiful office/showroom in down town Minneapolis.

So please join us this Friday for an interesting discussion of Barry’s experience running his pen emporium. I am sure he will cover the businesses highs and lows and give us the picture of how the pen business has changed. Also bring your Contemporary Pens for show and tell and if you have any questions for Barry.

The official meeting starts at 6:30 PM at the address below. Randy will open the doors as people arrive. Come early and get your self seated.


Holiday Party

The PENS Holiday Party is on the evening of January 6, 2019!  The details are below.  Click on the link at the end of this post to see the formal invitation!

P.E.N.S.* Holiday Party

*Pen Enthusiast Northern Society

You Are Invited

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

Date: Sunday January 6th, 2019

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 open the door & greet you……………SEE YOU THERE:–))

If you have questions, or get lost, contact
Francis Bulbulian @ 651-983-6165 or Fritz Ferris @ 651-558-7048

Remember to bring your most 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.

Holiday Party Invite-2018

New Instagram Account

Better late than never!  Thanks to new member Andrea Opland, we now have an Instagram Account!!!

The account is @pensminnesota

Link here ~ Instagram

Thank you Andrea!

Septermber 2018 Meeting Time Change

The September meeting is taking place on Friday September 28 at 6:00 pm.  Please note new time!!

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The Theme for the Meeting is Victorian Pens and Pencils.  Please bring examples to show and tell.  As usual, we will also see members recent finds, welcome new members, hear poetry, receive copies of our award winning newsletter, and assorted other fun activities.

See you on the 28th!!

Alert! September Meeting Date Change!

Our September Pen Club meeting has been moved forward to September 28th due to a number of regulars attending the once a year “Pelikan Hub” meeting scheduled for Friday September 21st. At our last meeting we discussed and approved the change of meeting date. Please make a note on your calendar.

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 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!


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.