From Feather to Pen: The Art of Cutting Quills

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Find out how cutting your own pens can improve your connection to your writing as we take a deep dive into the art of pen cutting. Have you ever looked at a picture of somebody writing with a feather, and wondered: "How did they do that?" All of your questions can be answered with this course! In this easy-to-understand class, we'll take the mystery out of this traditional craft and bring it back into our every day lives. We'll be covering topics like:

  • Gathering feathers the ethical way
  • Preparing and storing your quills
  • Cutting pens from quills
  • Writing with quills and more!

Materials Needed:

  • Washing tub large enough to hold feathers
  • White vinegar
  • Mild dish soap (Dawn, or similar)
  • Heat-resistant rubber gloves
  • Jar of distilled or rain-water
  • Can of fine sand (Deep enough to cover the hollow part of your longest feather)
  • Nitrile/Latex gloves
  • Small size crochet hook
  • Pinion feathers from goose, swan, turkey, etc.
  • X-Acto knife with #11 blades
  • ...
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