New to Massdrop: wondering about people's interest in hand-crafted fountain pens?
So I'm new here, and i've been lurking and reading (a lot) of posts, trying to get a sense of things.
And, to be honest, I'm still not sure... At the risk of putting myself out there: if I've missed a point, please be gentle! :) :)
I'm one of those folks who does wood turning, and I make a fair number of pens: lately most of what I make and sell in artisan markets and to private buyers are fountain pens. (I've been turning for almost 20 years at this point, but only selling for about ten) I have specialized mostly in 'higher end' pens and mechanisms, trying to get good quality metals, good nibs and working to put really exquisite pieces of wood to use in making the pens up. Because i'm in eastern Canada, I have access to a lot of really beautiful pieces of maple and walnut, and I've made a lot of beautiful fountain pens in those woods. I've also made a fair number made out of laser-cut pieces of wood, built up into inlays and such. (the jigsaw puzzle below is made of 44 laser cut pieces of wood all glued and bonded and turned on the body of the pen. The wood pieces come from a chap in Nevada, the piano keys from a chap in southern Ontario, but its all my skill to assemble and turn it so it doesn't explode on the lathe, and to build up the finish so its a 'lifetime' pen) I've got lots more photos on instagram (distinctivewoodworking)
Are things like this of interest to Massdrop folks? If they are, I'd be interested in figuring out a drop. (Understanding that, especially in the maple burl, every single one I make is subtly different, the bark inclusions, the wood texture, the colourations are always different) I have "better than Schmidt" #5 and #6 nibs available too. (Bock mostly)
Hope this is worth discussing: if not, i'll go back to eagerly awaiting the Diamine drop to conclude, and keep hoping there will be another Iroshizuku ink drop :)