I’m finally getting back to preparing pens for sale. It’s quite a process. First, the pens are repaired and restored, then they are tested and adjusted to write well. That’s probably the most time-consuming part of the job. Then they are photographed and the photographs are edited – mostly cropping and re-sizing for the web. Next each pen is described and then they get uploaded to my sales website.
This is the write-testing process. Tines are realigned and nib tips are re-ground where necessary. Then a page of writing is done with each pen to ensure that there is reliable ink-flow. As well as being the most time-consuming part of the process, it’s also the most enjoyable. It’s a delight to see each pen working well again, and to write with them and enjoy their characteristics.
Keep an eye on the website. There will be some new old pens appearing in the next day or two.
4 thoughts on “The Process”
Fascinating, Deb, but your assistant was conspicuous by her absence – or is it simply that her nib-grinding skills are not quite “up to scratch” (groan)
She goes AWOL quite often.
Do you use any of the automatic picture conversion software? I have found that it can really cut back on the amount of time needed to size and reformat images.
I use the latest version of Adobe Photoshop Elements and that is capable of some automation which I take advantage of but of course much of the editing has to be done manually. You can’t beat the human eye!