Some new oblique holders.

Some new oblique holders.

I am calling these pen holders Speedbliques. They are made for use with Speedball or any broad edge nibs. The pens are not oblique but use a Zanarian style flange. This allows the nib to be rotated for cursive of italic lettering with little to no pen manipulation..

I am calling these pen holders Speedbliques. They are made for use with Speedball or any broad edge nibs. The pens are not oblique but use a Zanarian style flange. This allows the nib to be rotated for cursive of italic lettering with little to no pen manipulation..

Three beautiful obliques. The left and center pens finished last night with Uyvonne's Sky Blue in the center.

The left and center pens finished last night with Uyvonne's Sky Blue in the center.

A caps study lettered with a Speedball C1 nib and a straight holder with a rubber surface.

Alan Ariel / Modernizing a Traditional Calligraphic Hand: Blackletter

I finished the Blue Beauty today. I decided to  not add a decorative element on the end. The oblique holder is my first production quality oblique.

I finished the Blue Beauty today. I decided to not add a decorative element on the end. The oblique holder is my first production quality oblique.

A series of straight pen holders I recently milled with multi tone wood.

A series of straight pen holders I recently milled with multi tone wood.

An offset straight holder with walnut burl, yellow heart, wenge, maple and mahogany

An offset straight holder with walnut burl, yellow heart, wenge, maple and mahogany

My recent acquisition of double dyed stabilized wood. I recently discovered stabilized wood after several attempts to color  turned pens with Transtint dyes and transparent acrylic paints. I could not get the color depth I was hoping for with surface dyes. The stabilized double dyed boxed elder burl wood blanks are the answer for my color and texture quest.

My recent acquisition of double dyed stabilized wood. I recently discovered stabilized wood after several attempts to color turned pens with Transtint dyes and transparent acrylic paints. I could not get the color depth I was hoping for with surface dyes. The stabilized double dyed boxed elder burl wood blanks are the answer for my color and texture quest.

New straight holders made within the past week.

New straight holders made within the past week.

Two beautiful straight holders with vibrant colors and textures.

Two beautiful straight holders with vibrant colors and textures.

A practice oblique with mahogany, purple heart, yellow heart and figured maple. I learned how to seal the interior slot cut of the wood to prohibit moisture. The flange is held in place with a brass pin and epoxy. Very easy to remove the flange if needed.

A practice oblique with mahogany, purple heart, yellow heart and figured maple. I learned how to seal the interior slot cut of the wood to prohibit moisture. The flange is held in place with a brass pin and epoxy. Very easy to remove the flange if needed.

The pen with bubinga grip area, maple burl center, wenge rings and birdseye maple tail end is now an oblique

The pen with bubinga grip area, maple burl center, wenge rings and birdseye maple tail end is now an oblique

A large diameter pen with rubber grip section made this morning for Paula.

A large diameter pen with rubber grip section made this morning for Paula.

Cheryl's double sided Purple Heart straight holder. A perfect size at 5" long with 3/8" diameter grip section. Both nib inserts fit into epoxied brass tubes to safeguard wood fibers from moisture  and provide ease of repair should the insert need replacing. The finish is multiple layer of micro polished acrylic buffed with carnauba wax.

Cheryl's double sided Purple Heart straight holder. A perfect size at 5" long with 3/8" diameter grip section. Both nib inserts fit into epoxied brass tubes to safeguard wood fibers from moisture and provide ease of repair should the insert need replacing. The finish is multiple layer of micro polished acrylic buffed with carnauba wax.

Broad edge pen #1 made acrylic, ebony, turquoise, buckeye burl and folded stainless steel nib.

Broad edge pen made acrylic, ebony, turquoise, buckeye burl and folded stainless steel nib.

Laminated pen blanks waiting to be turned into beautiful calligraphy pens.

Laminated pen blanks waiting to be turned into beautiful calligraphy pens.

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