Thursday, March 21, 2013

With the Tip of a Pen

Jake Weidmann is featured in this video, Forging the future with the tip of a pen.
Jake is a young man who has already made it to the top tier of the pointed pen world. He is one of only eleven living people with the honorific of "Master Penman" (Which includes both men and women.) I met Jake in Nashville at the Iampeth convention a few years ago. He lettered my name, as master penman tend to do at these conventions (carrying through with an old tradition among penmen) and my favorite memory from the Iampeth* convention was when Jake posed for a photo with me while holding my name card.
At that convention, Jake gave a demonstration of his offhand flourishing. The non-penman reading this may not know what that is. Have you ever seen the flourishy pen-drawn birds from the late 19th and early 20th centuries? They are offhand flourishes. Jake has mastered the ability to do those as well as any of the penmen from a century ago. The video above shows a few and shows him working on an illustration. It is very inspiring.
Here is a link to a demonstration of Offhand flourishing by John DeCollibus, another master penman.

This photo is my name with offhand flourishing by Michael Sull - yet another master penman. I know or have met most of the other master penmen living today, and have been fortunate to have been able to take classes from several of them.
*Iampeth - International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting.

By Jan Hurst

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