Today was my third live broadcast on Ustream.com, called Write Time at 9, every Tuesday night at 9pm EST. A brief overview of the topics discussed include discussion of the Technoscribe, my return to making Goulet fountain pens, J. Herbin supple wax seals, my custom Goulet wax seal stamp handles, and a detailed look at a real-life tri-fold antique writing box (borrowed from a friend).
If you're reading this blog, there's a good chance you've seen my article on Technoscribes, but if not, see it here. I have found that since defining the Technoscribe, there are many variations. The main theme is that there is some marriage of technology and writing that the technoscribe uses to enhance their overall writing experience. Some use pens to write a stream of consciousness before typing up a story, others use the computer to layout and spell-check a letter before writing it by hand. Others scan handwritten notes into the computer then email them to friends. I am finding out all kinds of interesting aspects of the technoscribe habits, the most interesting part being that it's a previously undefined term that is essentially changing with technology.
I have officially ended my penmaking hiatus. I took a break for a while with the birth of my son (and the cold weather didn't help!), but I'm getting back into it now. My focus will be on exotic burls and Tru-stone (powdered stone cast in resin) in fountain pens. I'm working on lining up some good nibs and making some really top-notch looking pens. More to come on that soon.
My friend Sam (same one who helped me define the Technoscribe) and I have been messing around with J. Herbin supple sealing wax. I showed what fun I was having mixing different colors of wax, and the custom seal handles that I was making mostly for fun. I'll probably end up selling them just so that I don't have 100 wax stamp seal handles lying around the house!
Lastly, I was able to show my friend Sam's antique writing box (circa 1849). He has a very complex tri-fold writing box made out of solid Macassar Ebony. It needs a bit of TLC (to say the least), but it'll be a good basis for me to get pictures, measurements, and some techniques for box building that I need to learn if I want to make boxes that last 161 years too.
The broadcast was broken about 45 minutes in, so the video was split in two. Enjoy!
Click here for the link to Ustream.com, video 1 (the first 45ish minutes of the broadcast)
Click here for the link to Ustream.com, video 2 (the last 15ish minutes of the broadcast)
First 45 minutes of video (before the glitch)
Last 15 minutes of video (after the glitch)