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Re: Reed pens

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Joseph Augusta (jaugusta)
Thu, 19 Feb 1998 19:39:49 -0500


One of the Colmans wrote:
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> Does anyone have any experience with making drawing pens out of reed?
Used them for years. In New England they grow wild around water or not
and look like bamboo. Get the thick part down by the bottom where it's
as thick as your finger. Snip it off with a knife or clippers, then cut
it into a V with a split down the middle with a razor blade. Always
keep the edge of the V sharp. Dip it in ink and use it. Make them
about 3' long, and tell the kids to draw with their arm, not wrist or
fingers. Very difficult to get the edges right and have the pen hold a
lot of ink, but when you get one right, hold onto it for dear life! A
favorite tool of old Leonardo by the way.

Best wishes,
Joseph