Do-it-yourself Quill Pen

Quill PenVia BoingBoing is a link to a great page on making yourself a quill pen.



I tried to make one of these back in my high school days (from the feather of a gigantic seagull), but because it wasn't tempered, it didn't last very long. The information on this site would have been quite handy, as the step-by-step instructions and photographs go a long way towards making something apparently very usable. This is a hobby waiting to happen. ;-)

all my best,

dj


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Another way to make a quill pen

That's a neat site. I've shown my kids how to make quill pens, but without the tempering, they weren't very satisfactory. I'll have to try it again, with tempering, next time the ravens are moulting.

Another way to make a quill pen is to cut the very tip off, to make a hole slightly larger than the skinny ballpoint refills. Jam a skinny ballpoint refill in there, and finish it up with a dab of glue. It's cheating, but it works well. You can write with a feather for taking notes in class, or where ever you want to get people's attention.

Slightly OT, but amusing, I

Slightly OT, but amusing, I hope. When this post first appeared, I sent the quill pen link to my son, who shares with me an abiding interest in making things by hand. The more obscure or antiquated the craft, the happier we are. About 10 minutes after I sent him the quill pen link, back came the reply: a link to instructions for chipping stone knives.

HMM

I wonder where they get the feathers? I hope they don't kill birds just for feathers.

No, not in my experience

You can usually find loose feathers that the birds shed/molt.
However, if one is planning to eat the bird anyway, why not make use of as much of it as possible ? I once arranged with some goose hunters to get the nice, big wing primaries from the guy who prepares the geese for cooking.
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Pluck-a-duck ?

pluckaduck.com ---------- Just joking. :-)

Such fowl humor

but it appears to be an available domain name
>:D
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)