Friday, April 17, 2009

See VPC Photos as a Slideshow.

As some of you may know, I enjoy posting my photos on a photo sharing website called Flickr. If you click here, you will be taken to a slideshow of my VPC photos. I invite you to give it a try.

Mike Assaly Poses with Japanese Disposables

Derek Lepper (Left) and Maja Furlong (Right) are not the Japanese disposables referred to in the title.

Mike Assaly

Mike Assaly

Originally uploaded by Tim Conklin

These photos are from our January meeting where Michael Assaly gave a fantastic presentation on fountain pen designers. Thanks Mike.

Some of the Members from the April 16th Meeting

Maja's Pen Repair Toolset

Maja Furlong Demonstrates Pen Repair

We certainly enjoyed Maja's presentation. Thanks Maja.

Bill & Suzanne Spohn, Ian Dixon, and Mike Assaly

These folks were very interested in what Maja was saying at Thursday's meeting.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

A Photo of my Newest Acquisition

You will see this pen and the paper at Thursday's pen club meeting.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

April meeting details

Date: Thursday April 16, 2009 (this Thursday)
Time: 6:00 pm --"Meet & Greet" ; 6:30 pm --Start of meeting.
Place: Perks pen shop, 5844 Cambie St. (at 42nd Ave.), Vancouver, B.C.
(across from Oakridge Mall...same place as last month's meeting)

Theme: Vintage Pen Repairs (an informal talk on some vintage fountain pen repairs by me)

I won't be doing any demos with unrestored pens (too stressful!) but I will be bringing the tools I have used to resac my own lever-fillers, button-fillers, Touchdown fillers, and Snorkel-fillers, as well as examples of my own (restored) pens to show you how easy (or difficult, as the case may be!) it is to repair these common types of vintage pens. I do not have experience with restoration of Parker Vacumatics, piston-fillers or vacuum-filler pens (eg. Sheaffer vac-fillers) but if anyone else does and wishes to contribute his/her knowledge, he/she is most welcome to do so at the meeting!

Our secondary theme is always "New Acquisitions", so if you have any new pens/paper/inks to show, please bring them along. Hope to see a good turnout!

Edit: I added a photo Richard took of me giving my "little" (1 hour!) talk on vintage pen repair. As you can see, we are very fortunate to have the use of Richard's wonderful Perks pen store for our meetings; it is an elegant setting with an abundance of good lighting, wonderful pen displays and plenty of counter space (of which you can never get enough, when it comes to pen club meetings!). Many thanks, as always, Richard for being such a great host.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Greetings from Paris

Dear Pen Enthusiasts,

I'm in Paris right now enjoying a week of holidays before returning to Vancouver. The weather is great. I'm doing all of the usual tourist things. Today is a big day because I'm going to Cassegrain to buy some nice expensive French stationery. I'll drop a postcard in the mail. See you all at the next meeting. Cheers! -- Tim