TWSBI Mini Pen Save

Auuuugh!!! It broke! If I tried gluing back together it would only break again because the clip would put too much torque on the cap.

But look… there’s a hex nut holding the clip and top together. If I can remove the clip I can screw the top together and glue it back onto the cap.

Since it’s one of my older pens AND I have one of the newer versions already inked I wasn’t afraid to mess around.

Superglue to the rescue!

Not bad. I’ll be able to cap the pen and at keep it for home use.
Too bad that the clip keeps it from rolling off the table… I guess I’ll have to MacGyver something for that.

One for the road and one for home. Win – Win.

Meditation – 16 November 2020

Everyone is born creative. Everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the “creative bug” is just a wee voice telling you, “I’d like my crayons back, please.
– Hugh MacLeod

Mistakes never equals disaster.
– Tommy Kane

There is no substitute for hard work.
– Thomas Edison

Big Book Binding Bash – Autumn 2020

Thirteen sketchbooks bound!

From left to right:
Two – Fabriano Artistico Hot Press Extra White 140 lb. / 300 gsm (72 pages/book)
One – Fabriano Artistico Cold Press Traditional White 90 lb. / 200 gsm. (84 pages/book)
Two – Fabriano Artistico Hot Press Traditional White 90 lb. / 200gsm. (72 pages/book)
Eight – Strathmore 500 Mixed Media 90 lb. / 190 gsm (84 pages/book)

I can buy commercially made portrait and landscape sketchbooks containing acceptable paper, but I make books so I can have the size and format I like, here nearly 7.5 in. square, with paper that’s better than merely acceptable. And I like to dress up my books by covering the front with sparkly acrylic ink painted paper. It adds personality as well as keeping me oriented so I don’t have random upside down sketches included when I’m done.

I really should shelve all my unused sketchbooks together and take a complete inventory since I have no idea how many others are waiting in the wings… but can there be too many?

Not if they’re used. I’m off to get some sketching done!

Meditation – Your Vote Counts – 02 November 2020

If you haven’t already voted, either by absentee or in-person early voting, please schedule time tomorrow to visit the polls and cast your ballot.

“If you are bored and disgusted by politics and don’t bother to vote, you are in effect voting for the entrenched Establishments of the two major parties, who please rest assured are not dumb, and who are keenly aware that it is in their interest to keep you disgusted and bored and cynical and to give you every possible reason to stay home doing one-hitters and watching MTV on primary day. By all means stay home if you want, but don’t bullshit yourself that you’re not voting. In reality, there’s no such thing as not voting: you either vote by voting, or you vote by staying home and tacitly doubling the value of some Diehard’s vote.”
– David Foster Wallace – Up, Simba!

This Vote image is a riff on Robert Indiana’s Love image, postage stamp and sculptures.