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October 6, 2014: Planning for MAPG 2015 is now underway!!

If you would like to participate or have any suggestions for the next Mid-Atlantic Penturners Gathering, please contact us with your ideas!




May 5, 2014: Drop Box of MAPG 2014 is now available!

For photos and files of MAPG 2014, please visit our Drop Box page. If you have any photos you would like to share, please email Tina Wissen at tina@luv2turn.com.




May 4, 2014: Congratulations to Kit Contest Winner - Dan Maloney!

Dan Maloney (Band Saw Box) won first place in our Kit Pen Contest.




May 4, 2014: Congratulations to Kit Contest Winner - Rainey Horne!

Rainey Horne (rhorne) won second place in our Kit Pen Contest.




May 4, 2014: Congratulations to Kit & Modified Contest Winner - Charlie Wortman!

Charlie Wortman (Charlie W) won third place in our Kit Pen Contest. Charlie Wortman (Charlie W) also won second place in our Modified Kit Pen Contest.




May 4, 2014: Congratulations to Modified Contest Winner - Bill Sampson!

Bill Sampson (Bill Sampson) won first place in our Modified Kit Pen Contest.




May 4, 2014: Congratulations to Modified Contest Winner - Perry Bridges!

Perry Bridges (papaturner) won third place in our Modified Kit Pen Contest.




May 4, 2014: Thank you for your Donation - Squidwood Handicraft!

Brett Ransom (hard hat) and Bryan Meissner (MeissnerBryan) donated two large bags of miscellaneous pen blanks which were split up into seven door prize packages. Please visit Squidwood Handicraft for more information.




May 4, 2014: Thank you for your Donation - Eric Rasmussen (Sylvanite)!

Thank you to Eric Rasmussen (Sylvanite) for donating two packages of four marbled alumilite blanks! Please visit Exotic Blanks for more information.




May 1, 2014: Weekend Forecast for Richmond, VA!

Forecast for Richmond VA

It's going to be perfect weather in Richmond, Virginia, for the second annual Mid-Atlantic Penturners Gathering held May 2 & 3. We hope you can make plans for Woodcraft of Richmond as part of your weekend activities!




May 1, 2014: Online Brochure Updates!!

Online Brochure

For the latest updates on vendors and sponsors, please download this new version of our MAPG Brochure.




May 1, 2014: Thank you for your Donation - Curtis Seebeck of TurnTex Woodworks!

Turntex.com

TurnTex Woodworks - Thanks to Curtis Seebeck (MesquiteMan) for donating 3 one quart containers of Cactus Juice Stabilizing Resin. Please visit TurnTex.com for details.




April 30, 2014: Get your FREE IAP Koozie or Pen World Magazine!

Registration Gifts

We have one hundred 10th Anniversary Koozies donated by John Underhill (JohnU), fifty Pen World Magazines, and Pen World special discount offers to the gathering attendees who stop by the Registration Desk. Registration gifts are first come first serve and while supplies last.




April 29, 2014: Thank you to MAPG 2014 Sponsors!

MAPG Sponsors

The tentative schedule has been posted for our door prize page. Thank you to all our Sponsors for their donations. Any further changes / updates will be posted after the event.

Door prizes given to the contest winners are listed in our Contest Rules.




April 29,2014: Thank you for your Donation - Gary Nicholls (CaptG)!

Gary Nicholls

Gary Nicholls - Thank you to Gary Nicholls (CaptG) for donating a Sierra Betty Boop watch blank, a Vertex carbon fiber pen blank, a Vertex Click carbon fiber pen blank, a Bolt Action carbon fiber pen blank, a Zen carbon fiber pen blank, and a 2nd Amendment cartridge pen blank. Please visit Exotic Blanks for more information.




April 29, 2014: Thank you for your Donation - Tim McGill of IowaCobb.com!

IowaCobb.com

Iowacobb Supplies - Thank you to Tim McGill (iowacobb) for donating 6 natural bamboo, 6 caramel color bamboo and 4 corn cob blanks. Please visit Iowacobb Supplies for more details.




April 27, 2014: Thank you for your Donation - Jessie Somers (Jester777)!

Jessie Somers

Marla Mills sent us an update from fellow partner, Jessie Somers (Jester777) of Classic Nib. Marla will have 3 Blank Canvas pen blanks painted by Jessie Somers to donate to the MAPG. The first blank is a Geisha and fits a Sierra Twist, the second is a koi with cherry blossoms, it fits a full size Gentleman or Emperor. The third blank is a mountain scene with a bald eagle flying and it fits a Sierra Twist. Please visit Classic Nib for more information about Jessie Somers.




April 26, 2014: Thank you for your Donation - Leroy Smith of Smitty's Pen Works!

Smitty's Pen Works
Smitty's Pen Works
Smitty's Pen Works

Smitty's Pen Works - Thanks to Leroy Smith (Smitty37) for sending 2 packages of Le Roi Elegant, 2 packages of Le Roi Elegant Royale and one package of 5 Classic Vintage Fountain Pen Kits.

Six Le Roi Elegants in each package

  • - 2 Le Roi Elegant
  • - 2 Le Roi Elegant LB
  • - 2 Le Roi Elegant Click

Three Le Roi Elegant Royale in each Package

  • - 1 Rhodium finish
  • - 1 Gold Tn Finish
  • - 1 Gun Metal finish

The total is 23 Kits. Retail Value at Single Kit prices is around $150 to $175 or so. Please visit Smitty's Pen Works for more details.




April 26, 2014: Thank you to Woodcraft of Richmond - Ray Deyo!

Ray Deyo

Woodcraft of Richmond - premier woodworking store in the Greater Richmond area. Woodcraft Supply, LLC is one of the nation's oldest and largest suppliers of quality woodworking tools and supplies. We thank Ray Deyo for allowing us to use the store as the MAPG 2014 venue.




April 26, 2014: Thank you for your Donation - Eric Goertz (BangleGuy)!

BangleGuy.com

Wildwood Designs - Thanks to Eric Goertz (BangleGuy) for donating a bangle kit consisting of a size 8 stainless steel metal core, a stabilized Afzelia wood blank and a tube of glue. Please visit Wildwood Designs for more information.




April 25.2014: Update from Richard L. Greenwald LLC!

Richard Greenwald Plastics
Richard Greenwald Plastics

Richard L. Greenwald LLC - Two new colors of plastics came in from overseas and are on the website now for sale, we will have them with us at the MAPG in Richmond next weekend; 79205_RCK Red Chunk and 79205_ICK Iridescent Chunk.




April 24, 2014: Thank you for your Donation - Mike Redburn of SilverPenParts.com!

Mike Redburn - SilverPenParts.com

SilverPenParts.com - Mike Redburn (mredburn) donated a custom solid silver roller ball pen kit complete with tubes, bushings and elegant box. Please visit SilverPenParts.com for more information.




April 23, 2014: Meet our Demonstrator - Rick Crook (rfcrook)!

Rick Crook

Rick Crook - Rick Crook (rfcrook) is a retired Henrico County police officer who has been woodworking for over twenty years and turning now for over ten years. "I wanted to start taking my pens to a higher level than just putting together a kit pen. The secret of making a nice celtic knot pen is found both in the jigs used to produce the blanks and your sense of color and texture in your raw materials. This demo will start you on the road to making excellent celtic knot pens with far less headaches than you would expect."

Rick works at the Woodcraft of Richmond and will demonstrate the jigs and methods he uses for making Celtic knot pen blanks. Rick was also a demonstrator for our first MAPG 2013, and showed how to apply the new CA during the finishing demo.




April 21, 2014: Thank you for your Donation - Michael Hardin of Craft Coat - Eco Advance!

Craft Coat by Eco Advance

Craft Coat by Eco Advance - thanks to Michael Hardin (CrashMPH) - representative of Craft Coat - who is donating a prize pack of three 6 oz bottles of Craft Coat, one of each of the finishes (gloss, semi-gloss, and satin). Please visit Eco Advance for more information.




April 20, 2014: Thank you for your Donation - Marla Mills (Crickett)!

Marla Mills

Fine Turnings - Marla Mills (Crickett) will be donating four Sierra feather blanks, five Sierra Chiyogami blanks, and one Aero Chiyogami. If you are interested in meeting Marla in person, she and Peter Christensen will be coming to MAPG 2014.




April 19, 2014: MAPG Social Media Directory!

MAPG Social Media Directory has now been published. Please review this information and bring any questions you may have to the Friday Night Panel Discussion on "Marketing your Pens".




April 18, 2014: Thank you for your Donation - Fred Wissen Designs LLC!

Fred Wissen

Fred Wissen Designs LLC - thanks to Fred & Tina Wissen (PTownSubbie & MrsPTownSubbie) for donating a $50 gift certificate towards a future online purchase at PTownSubbie.com or in person at MAPG 2014. They will be selling silicone casting molds, CNC pen blanks, Cholla Cactus, and other various acrylic and polymer clay blanks. Please visit PTownSubbie.com for more information.




April 17, 2014: Thank you for your Donation - Jonathon Brooks (Brooks803)!

Jonathon Brooks
Jonathon Brooks

Brooks Blanks - thanks to Jonathon Brooks (Brooks803) for donating fifteen of his PR blanks and five wood blanks. Jonathon will also be vending a "plethora of blanks" for this MAPG 2014. Please visit Exotic Blanks for more information.




April 17, 2014: Thank you for your Donation - John Underhill (JohnU)!

John Underhill
John Underhill
John Underhill

Fantastic Feathers - thanks to John Underhill (JohnU) for donating three Sierra Ringneck Pheasant feather blanks, three Sierra colored feather blanks, two Sierra Amherst Pheasant feather blanks, one Sierra natural feather blank, one Sierra shredded money blank, and two Sierra Prairie Rattlesnake blanks. He donated three Junior Ringneck Pheasant feather blanks, one Junior Amherst Pheasant feather blank, and one Junior mixed feathers blank. John also donated a whole boxful of IAP koozies. Please visit Exotic Blanks for more information.




April 17, 2014: Meet our Vendor / Demonstrator / Panel Guest / Donor - Barry Gross of Arizona Silhouette!

Barry Gross

Thanks to Barry Gross (2bgross) for joining us at Mid-Atlantic Penturners Gathering this year. In August 2012 Barry Gross purchased Arizona Silhouette and moved it to PA. He is an artisan with over 30 years of varied experience working in several diverse media. Barry is inspired by nature and loves the texture and rich feel of each piece of exotic wood that he turns. He has published over 50 articles in several woodworking magazines, is an author of three books on turning and just released his second DVD.

Barry Gross recently shared the latest news on his upcoming schedule, "For the first 13 weeks of 2014 we have demonstrated pen making to thousands of people throughout the eastern half of the country, traveling from New England to Florida and as far west as Kansas City. Now, it is time to get ready for upcoming events such as club demonstrations, Chesapeake Woodturners - Atlantic Shore Woodturners, the Mid Atlantic Pen Gathering and fine art and craft shows (Paradise City Arts Festival). In June, we are off to Indianapolis to teach at Marc Adams School of Wood Working. In July we are teaching at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts and in August we will be demonstrating at Turn On Chicago! A few weeks off and then it is back on the road for the fall wood working season heading for the western part of the country and the fall art and craft show season! We will end the second week of December just in time to start the winter season for the Wood Working Shows!"

In addition to vending, Barry Gross will be participating in our "Marketing your Pens" discussion panel on Friday night and demonstrating how to make a pen from start to finish on Saturday. Thanks to Barry for donating a $50.00 gift certificate to Arizona Silhouette as a door prize for MAPG 2014!




April 16, 2014: Thank you for your Donation - Charles Agnoff of Orbita Corporation!

Orbita Corporation
Orbita Corporation
Orbita Corporation

Orbita Corporation - Thank you to Charles Agnoff (agnoff) for donating an Orbita Lighthouse Flashlight Set - Fiddleback (valued at $295.00), a Lighthouse flashlight kit (valued at $95.00), and a Ladylight (mini LED) Flashlight deal (valued at $95.00). Please visit Orbita Corporation for more information.




April 16, 2014: Thank you for your Donation - Terry Quiram of Ten Fingers Woodworking!

Ten Fingers Woodworking

Ten Fingers Woodworking - thanks to Terry Quiram (terry q) for donating 8 stabilized blanks and 2 Celtic Knot blanks valued at $60.




April 15, 2014: Meet our Guest Panel for the "Marketing your Pens" Group Discussion!

Our group discussion panel - "Marketing your Pens" will occur on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 7:45pm. In case you were interested, here is more information about our guest panel:

Roy Robaldo (OKLAHOMAN) ClassicNib.com

ClassicNib.com has grown for one product line with 6 items to what we are now today with over forty product lines with hundreds of items and at last count 18 Vendor Partners. Our family of vendor partners is the backbone of ClassicNib.com and we are proud to give them a place to sell their works of art.

Alan Shaw (ashaw) ShawPens.com

As of 2014 Shaw Pens has 32 retail locations plus a number of corporate accounts. Shaw Pens has been featured in both Stylus and Pen World a number of times. Shaw Pens has also been written up in the Philadelphia Business Journal and a number of national and international newspapers. In addition to making custom pens Alan has also been designing pens and pencils for PSI.

Barry Gross (2bgross) ArizonaSilhouette.com

In August 2012 Barry Gross purchased Arizona Silhouette and moved it to PA. He is an artisan with over 30 years of varied experience working in several diverse media. Barry is inspired by nature and loves the texture and rich feel of each piece of exotic wood that he turns. Barry Gross has published over 50 articles in several woodworking magazines, is an author of three books on turning and just released his second DVD.

Tina Wissen (MrsPTownSubbie) PTownSubbie.com

Tina Wissen has worked in various fields of retail business for over 20 years and has specifically marketed pens and supplies since 2009. She recently completed a college degree in business and will be sharing updated information learned on how to use social media to sell pens and pen products.




April 14, 2014: Meet our Guest Panel - Alan Shaw (ashaw)

Alan Shaw

Alan Shaw (ashaw) has been interested in fountain pens since third grade. He started collecting pens but was later forced to sell his collection when his job was out sourced in 2001. He started learning the art of pen making in 2002. In 2006 Shaw Pens started selling his pens at one retail location and then expended to several other locations along the East Coast. As of 2014 Shaw Pens has 32 retail locations plus a number of corporate accounts. Shaw Pens has been featured in both Stylus and Pen World a number of times. Shaw Pens has also been written up in the Philadelphia Business Journal and a number of national and international newspapers. In addition to making custom pens Alan has also been designing pens and pencils for PSI.

Alan will be a guest on our "Marketing your Pens" Discussion panel on Friday night. Please visit Shaw Pens for more information.




April 13, 2014: Meet our Demonstrator - Brett Ransom (hard hat)

Brett Ransom

Brett Ransom (hard hat) will be demonstrating anodizing with Bruce Robbins. Here are a few words he had to say about how he got interested in penturning, "I have been turning pens for just over three years now. I didn't really know what I was getting into when this all started. I had just bought a table saw and went into Woodcraft for some materials when I saw lathes and pen kits and all kinds of beautiful blanks. I just had to do that! The obsession hit and my attention to detail really made it fun. As I love a new challenge, my wonderful wife bought me a metal lathe and then I set up for anodizing aluminum. The focus of my pen turning is challenging myself to do something I've not done before." You can see examples of Brett's work in our Photo Album.

Brett will also be moderating our contests this year. Specific rules and more details can be found on our main page, so keep this in mind when planning your next project!




April 12, 2014: Thank you for your Donation - Roy and Dee Robaldo of Classic Nib!

Classic Nib

ClassicNib.com - thanks to Roy and Dee Robaldo (OKLAHOMAN) for donating a 16 x 12 pen display box with child guard, valued at $150.00. It will hold 48 pens at an 18 degree angle to the customer for perfect viewing. Please visit ClassicNib.com for more information.




April 10, 2014: Thank you for your Donation - Richard L. Greenwald LLC!

Sponsor Richard Greenwald

Richard L. Greenwald LLC - thanks to Richard Greenwald (penmaker56) for donating a $50.00 store credit to be used on his website or at MAPG 2014. He also found a stash of experimental plastics he made (this is the same stash that Bexley Pen pilfered from when he stayed over) which he will bring to sell. Please visit Richard L. Greenwald LLC for more information.




April 9, 2014: Thank you for your Donation - Glenn Hunter of Satellite City Instant Glues!

Sponsor Satellite City

Satellite City - Glenn Hunter (SatelliteCity) donated three boxes of the HK-1 Hot Stuff Pro Kit- complete CA glue set with accelerator and debonder, valued at $39.95 each. Please visit Satellite City for more information.




April 9, 2014: Thank you for your Donation - Mike Hirsch!

Mike Hirsch - Thanks to Mike Hirsch (Indiana_Parrothead) who donated three clear cast watch blanks - two sierra and one junior gent.




April 5, 2014: Thank you for your Donation - Perry Bridges of Perry's Pens!

Sponsor Perry Bridges

Perry's Pens - Thanks to Perry Bridges (papaturner) from Buchanon, Georgia, for donating various wood, pvc, and corian blanks as MAPG 2014 door prizes. We have four dozen blanks in total, including american chestnut, brazilian cherry and teak, desert ironwood, dog wood, mulberry, nandina, peach, poplar, spalted maple and oak, sapele, walnut, winged elm, zebrawood, as well as muscadine vine and other small branches and cones.




April 5, 2014: Thank you for your Donation - Doug Thompson of Thompson Lathe Tools!

Thompson Lathe Tools

Thompson Lathe Tools - Doug Thompson (Doug Thompson) donated a 1/8th inch parting tool valued at $55. Please visit ThompsonLatheTools.com for more information.




April 2, 2014: Marketing your Pens Group Panel Discussion

Part of Friday night's group panel discussion will focus on using social media, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram, which were the top five social media websites used by online adults from 2012-2013 according to Pew Research Internet Project. We are currently gathering examples of penturner's social media activities to share during the presentation. If any IAP members would like to be included in our social directory, please send the link addresses to tina@luv2turn.com.

Pew Research Internet Project

March 26, 2014: Meet our Vendor - Jonathon Brooks (Brooks803)

Jonathon Brooks and Ayden

Jonathon Brooks (Brooks803) has been turning pens since 2009. His creativity quickly led him to try casting his own pen material. Since then he has developed his own unique style of pen blank and has turned casting into his full time job. He uses both Polyester Resin and Alumilite to cater to the kit and custom pen makers of the world.

This year he will be one of our vendors and will have a plethora of blanks for sale. You can also find his work at www.exoticblanks.com/Brook-s-Blanks/.




March 23, 2014: Meet our Vendor - Fred and Tina Wissen (PTownSubbie and MrsPTownSubbie)

Wissens

Fred Wissen Designs LLC is owned by Fred and Tina (PTownSubbie and MrsPTownSubbie), with the help of two wonderful children, Brittany and Zachary. Fred recently retired from the Navy in December of 2013 after 28 years of service and is now working as a program manager for URS. Tapping into his engineering background, Fred has learned how to custom design handcrafted molds to pour your own casted pen blanks. He will be demonstrating his various clear casting examples using Alumilite, but will also discuss PR (polyester resin) brands he has also used to clear cast pen blanks such as labels, bottle caps, metal foil pens, painted blanks, snakeskins, carbon fiber, and other alternative materials.

Tina Wissen has worked in various fields of retail business for over 20 years and has specifically marketed pens and supplies since 2009. She recently completed a college degree in business and will be sharing updated information learned on how to use social media during our "Marketing your Pens" group discussion on Friday night.

Fred and Tina will be selling silicone casting molds and their other pen blanks found on PTownSubbie.com at MAPG 2014. Tina will be a guest on the "Marketing your Pens" Discussion Panel on Friday, May 2, and Fred will be demonstrating clear casting on Saturday, May 3.




March 11, 2014: Meet our Vendor - Roy and Dee Robaldo (OKLAHOMAN)

Classic Nib

From Roy Robaldo of Classic Nib (OKLAHOMAN), "A little background on how Dee and me got into pen making and then into the wholesale business. I began making pens as a hobby a number of years ago when I bought a lathe off of EBay at 3 AM one morning and had no Idea why I bought it. Dee was in the hospital recovering from a double mastectomy and I just could not sleep. A while later I found the IAP and the hobby became an obsession. Now I had to find a way to pay for the hobby and had a meeting with a Mr. Steve Roberts and his wife Amy at our house, he showed me how to apply to very upscale art shows and how to price my "ART" err pens. We traveled the Art circuit for 4 years made good money but there comes a time when the brain is willing but the body is not. Another good friend Lou Metcalf know on the IAP as DC Bluesman asked me if I would be interested in going into partnership with him and contact the Bock Nib company in Germany to become a Bock distributor we said yes and even sent him a check for the first purchase. Two weeks later he suffered a stroke, so Dee and I contacted Bock and negotiated a deal to become Bock dealers and have the Bock Logo on the nibs. Classic Nib was born."

We have grown from one product line with 6 items to what we are now today with over forty product lines with hundreds of items and at last count 18 Vendor Partners. Our family of vendor partners is the backbone of Classic Nib and we are proud to give them a place to sell their works of art. This year we finally released our new ClassicNib.com which we think is the best in its class.

Roy will be part of the "Marketing your Pens" group discussion on Friday night and also be selling pen supplies featuring vendors Marla Mills, Keith Henning, and more.




March 6, 2014: Meet our Vendor - Eric Beuker (Buzzzz4)

Eric Beuker

Eric Beuker (Buzzzz4) and his kids spend time together both casting pen blanks and turning pens since 2008. Eric's casting focus is in embedded blank casting. He really enjoys placing things in resin and finding the beauty within the pen blank. Eric's blanks have been seen in Pen World Magazine as well as Woodturning Designs Magazine. He has won awards for his mini-pinecones, cherry pits, and antler bits castings.

You can find Eric's castings at www.exoticblanks.com/Eric-s-Artistic-Embeds/.




March 4, 2014: Meet our Demonstrator - Eric Rasmussen (Sylvanite)

Eric Rasmussen

Eric Rasmussen (Sylvanite) has been turning pens for 7 years and enjoys trying out unusual materials such as petoskey stone, knotted thread, and cast gunpowder. You may know him, however, from his IAP postings on Photography Basics and Photoshop Tips. Eric is bringing a simple tabletop light tent and will walk through a sample pen photography session, showing why and how to choose appropriate camera settings to control photo perspective, exposure, white balance, focus, depth-of-field, and noise. If time permits, he'll also discuss some fundamentals of photo composition and lighting - or photo post-processing (photoshop). Is your camera better at taking pictures than you are? If so, this is your chance to gain the upper hand.

IAP hyperlinks to Eric's tutorials can be found in our photo album.




March 4, 2014: Meet our Vendor - Richard Greenwald (penmaker56)

Richard Greenwald

Here are the latest happenings from one of our vendors, Richard L. Greenwald LLC, "It has been a busy year, so busy, that I have not made a pen in 2 years now. Just after last year's MAPG I had to breakdown my lathe and mill for servicing, just after I had my mill in pieces, Betsy and customers put pressure on me to make plastic pen blanks since we were very low on stock, and Bexley wanted the new FLEXIGRAN plastic for their yearly limited edition Owners Club, plus Penworld magazine wanted a photoshoot for one of their articles. In what little spare time, I still had pen shows to do, finished the nib tipping welding machine, and other photoshoots to do. I stopped making plastics this January, which included a custom order of FLEXIGRAN for the Franklin-Christophe Pen Company, and samples for Delta, Stipula, and Conway-Stewart pen companies. I needed a break from making plastics; I then started practicing re-tipping fountain pen nibs, and found that I had to make a nib slitting saw, which I started to build, but needed my mill to finish, so, I had to put my mill back together again from last June (a Catch-22), that is now done and I can finish the slitting saw (I have pressure from a lot of pen repair technicians to start re-tipping). Once that is done, I have to make some more decorative rings, have about 1000 parts to plate (nickel, gold, and rhodium), practice re-tipping, and then I have to get back to plastics both PR and FLEXIGRAN. Oops, forgot the 5-10 Parker Duofold ball point pens that I get in every month from around the world to repair the mechanism. Just absolutely no time to even think about making a new pen."

Richard will be selling refills, blanks, parts, etc. but not pens, photographs, quill making, or nib tipping items at MAPG 2014. More information about his products can be found at www.richardlgreenwald.com.




February 26, 2014: Meet our Demonstrator - Bruce Robbins (BRobbins629)

Bruce Robbins

Bruce Robbins (BRobbins629) will be demonstrating how to make and anodize an aluminum pen at the MAPG this year. Bruce has been making pens for about 9 years and always enjoys a new material or design challenge. As a prelude to the demo on anodizing aluminum, he will turn and aluminum click pen on a wood lathe, tapping threads for the mechanism and shaping the nose cone/nib with some homemade tools. See a picture of this style in the photo album as well as a few other aluminum/ebonite pens that can be anodized.




January 31, 2014: IAP BIRTHDAY BASH 2014

One our sponsors for MAPG 2014 is the IAP, which is starting their 10th annual Birthday Bash tomorrow. If you are fairly new around here you may not know what the Birthday Bash is. It is a PARTY that celebrates the founding of "The Best Penmaking Site in the Universe" (right off of Jeff's business card)! There are contests to enter, prizes to be won, auctions, creativity to admire, vendor discounts, fun and fellowship! It is a month of online fun! No invitation needed, just join in! It begins February 1st and lasts all month! For more information, please visit International Association of Penturners (IAP).

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