….and a stepping stone to bigger fish to fry when your letters can be engraved.
Over the past several years we’ve taught countless basic classes with Calligraphy markers and pens. From many of those, we’ve seen people come back for the engraving Workshops. Makes us wonder if we should be conducting some free demonstrations where there might be an interested crowd in doing a test drive with pens AND drills.
I purchased this professional engraving table, where I’m standing, in 1972. Oh, the work produced there! It adjusts to a variety of heights and slants and is marvelous with the drafting machine hidden behind me. It moves on a vertical track, that you can see at top left, and the horizontal track across the top of the table. I’ve basically used it only for drawing perfectly parallel guidelines for my penwork across sheets of paper as large as the table.
The table behind me is 37″ x 96″ and is almost flat, but slanted at about 5 degrees. It’s where I do smaller work, seated at a drafting stool. Lots of flat area for pens, inks, and other materials when I’m working. It was designed by an architect and hand-made for an architectural firm. I bought it in 1973. A twin to it is my engraving table in another room of my Studio.
Gallons and gallons and gallons of ink have been written on those two tables in the past 43 years! Acres and acres of reproductions of those inked verses, homilies, and quotations are spread across the land. You may even have one on your wall.