The Pen is the keeper of culture

If you enjoy using a pen to write on paper, this talk will inspire.  It is Jake Weidmann at TED-x on the topic,  Why write? Penmanship for the 21st Century

“What is the future of writing in the digital age, and why does it matter? In this surprising talk, Master Penman Jake Weidmann explores the connections between the pen and how we learn, think, and carry our cultural heritage at a time when the very act of writing is being dropped from school curricula across the country.”

After watching it, I went down the internet rabbit hole, following Jake!
Blog though it has not been updated in 2 months
Instagram  more frequently updated.

I’ve done calligraphy but I’ve never used an oblique pen holder.  Is it primarily for Spencerian or Copperplate script?  It would seem so.  He differentiates between pointed pen or script calligraphy and broad-edge calligraphy.  I’ve done the latter.

His sources of kit include John Neal, whose catalog I’ve received for decades.  However, I see a new source:  Paper & Ink Arts.  Oh, my!


About redharparts

Born in Michigan. Attended undergrad and graduate universities there. I've lived in England, Germany, Southern California and now Washington (state). I'm a retired Medical Social Worker with a past specialty in Oncology. I've enjoyed exploring historical re-creation through the SCA. I costume in several fandoms. Lately I've returned to Art and have taken up Urban Sketching, a version of en plein air painting.
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One Response to The Pen is the keeper of culture

  1. miatagrrl says:

    Wow — inspiring, indeed! I suppose now I’ll have to make my own sketching pens!

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