Re: [SCA Newcomers] More scribe advice
I think I may have been a scribe in a past life, I sure do know where to find a lot of info considering I've never made a scroll in my life. :)
I found this nice little Intro to Calligraphy which might be useful to you. http://us.geocities.com/armonye@.../Icallig.html It has all sorts of info about different supplies and some links as to where to get things. It mentions a site http://www.paperinkarts.com which I've heard other scribes say is a very good source for supplies. In regards to the Bristol paper, your best bet would probably be to try your local art supply store if you have one.
From: Judith Epstein <judith@...>
Sent: Fri, October 2, 2009 3:57:16 PM
Subject: [SCA Newcomers] More scribe advice
Can anyone recommend a good source for Bristol paper? I need it to be...
* of at least 92lb weight
* ivory/ecru/" parchment" (read: old-looking) color
* large in size, like around 14" x 17"
* otherwise suitable to calligraphy, using non-waterproof India or
* cold-pressed if possible, hot-pressed is fine if cold-pressed isn't
Bonus points: Can someone tell me where I can find left-handed slant
calligraphy nibs and holders, or at least straight-cut ones?
More bonus points: How much is "fairly inexpensive" when it comes to
slant-top writing surfaces? Can anyone recommend a source for these?
Judith / no SCA name yet
Master Albrecht Waldfurster' s Egg
Midrealm, Ayreton, Tree-Girt-Sea (Chicago, IL)
- Judith wrote:
> Can someone tell me where I can find left-handed slant calligraphyMy local craft chain stores (Hobby Lobby, Michaels, etc.) carry
> nibs and holders, or at least straight-cut ones?
beginners' sets with left-hand nibs. (I don't think holders come in
handed versions.) You might want to start by checking those in your
Dick Blick Art Supplies carries Speedball left-hand and universal dip
and holders that they fit into <http://www.dickblick.com/products/
If you don't have a left-handed teacher, by the way, you might find a
book like Vance Studley's _Left-Handed Calligraphy_ <http://
books.google.com/books?id=OBFsFAP9dsMC> a worthwhile investment.
> How much is "fairly inexpensive" when it comes to slant-top writingI've seen small unfinished wooden ones of the slant-top box variety
> surfaces? Can anyone recommend a source for these?
for about $15 <http://www.craft-supplies-online.com/productdetail.asp?
item_nbr=038-724> and modern drawing boards with legs for a little
more than twice that <http://www.dickblick.com/products/scheewe-
As is true of most S.C.A. gear, you'll get better quality for the
money if you make instead of buy. You might consider something like
Lia de Thornegge's portable scribal desk <http://www.geocities.com/
lia_de_thornegge/desk/index.html>, or one of the types Mahee of Acre
has designed <http://geocities.com/maithgen/wood/desks.html>. Randy
Asplund's scribe tools page <http://www.randyasplund.com/browse/
scribepg/scritool.html> offers enough information on a Gothic example
of another style to allow an experienced woodworker to draw up her or
his own plans. The simple hinged desk pictured at <http://www.uu.edu/
Paleography_Project_Scribal_Desk.htm> is something even I could
probably manage. The royal writing box seen at <http://www.vam.ac.uk/
collections/furniture/videos/royal_desk/broadband.html> would require
an expert (or three). The much simpler Shaker Lap Desk for which
Woodworkers' Workshop has webbed plans <http://www.ibiblio.org/twa/
plans/plans/shakerlapdesk.pdf> is similar in intent, however.
Barony of Bryn Gwlad
Kingdom of Ansteorra
- On Fri, 2009-10-02 at 17:43 -0400, Finnseach de Locheil/Judith Winner
> While the extant manuscripts we see today are an off-white/ecru color,You know, I've been in the SCA almost twenty years, and I didn't know
> didn't start out that way. They started out as white as possible.
that! Any day in which I start out by learning something new is a good
day. Thanks for sharing, Finnseach.
Maistor Justinos Tekton called Justin (Scott Courtney)
Gules, on a bezant a fleam sable and on a chief dovetailed Or two keys
fesswise reversed sable.