Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Pens, Right?

Just returning from the Washington DC Supershow. Usually I do not post regarding pen shows but this time I wanna.

One of the many things I love about pen shows is that you never know what will happen. Sometimes your plans and expectations will be met and sometimes not.

At this show I really wanted to sell. Sometimes I do and sometimes it is not so much a priority. This time it was a priority, but sales were only modest. Was I disappointed? Only a bit, afterall I was at a pen show working and playing with good friends.

What makes this show singular is that I got one of my grail pens. My “favorite” war is World War I (sorry Richard). And I have for sometime had so-called “trench” pens from Swan and Moore, but not the biggie. At DC I got a Parker 24 trench pen.

But wait there’s more. A friend of mine is selling parts of his collection and hecame to me with a number of things. About 35 years ago I lived and worked in Cincinnati and began collecting there, so I have a small collection of John Holland pens. (In fact my work in Cincinnati called on me to write a brief history of John Holland for a local historical guide I was working on.) Since then I have added the occasional Holland pen as it came my way.

Last weekend I took my collection to a whole new level with four new Hollands. The first is a hatchet filler 78, the next is a Mosaic Jewel Set and finally a blue and cream Jewel.

Finally, not a Holland, but a lovely red mottled hard rubber Carter 4117, not an Inx but the predecessor with a Carter Superwear nib, probably made by Laughlin

Four big pens: the Holland, a Parker Black Giant, a Waterman's 18 and an early Swan 48.

A trio: the Moore, note the ink chamber in the cap, shield by clear plastic; the Parker 24 and the Swan with the ink pellet chamber at the end of the barrel.
The Mosaic set. Anybody know how to rebuild a Holland pencil?

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Crater Lake

Toward the end of our recently concluded Oregon trip things got busy, what with plays, ice cream, and knife purchases and I did not get a chance to post these.

Those of you who know Crater Lake will realize that these images do not do the place justice, but I did my best.

Sharon waiting while I walked a bit

Crater Lake Lodge. We haven't stayed there, but we have dined, mostly for the ambience.

Great place for that afternoon drink

Saturday, July 16, 2016

J'ville Knives

As I think I posted earlier, part of the trip is a ritual pilgrimage to our favorite tourist trap in the area, Jacksonville, Oregon and to our favorite restaurant in the area, Gogi's.

And for me no trip to Jacksonville is complete these days without a stop in to another of my favorite knife shops, the Carefree Buffalo, which is devoted to items for "Modern Western Living." They are a William Henry dealer and over the past few years I have gotten several knives from them.

In a week's time, they will be offering a major William Henry event, but I got a small preview which comprised more WH knives than I have heretofore seen in one place. With some help I was able to compile a short list of half a dozen candidates for acquisition.

Than, although it has not yet been officially released, Joe Surges, the shop's owner was kind enough to show me a special edition he put together with the folks at WH, "The Carefree Buffalo Route 66." Joe said I was only the second client to see the knife and shortly thereafter it became mine.

The knife along with my green Arco OMAS Paragon, with which, coincidentally, it goes well.

The Shop on California Street

The data

Out and About in Ashland

For us the climax of each year's Oregon trip is the week spent in Ashland at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. This year we see nine plays in six days, which is about typical.

I don't really have my camera out and about with me, that's not what this is about, but for your consideration some scenes of Ashland and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
A civic tribute to the festival that built the city

More from the cool cars series, a '67 mustang, clean and with Shelby pretensions

A tribute to the pig from an unknown admirer

The deer in town are pretty accustomed to people. We've seen them in the front yard of our B&B, these were in Lithia Park

The park is one of my favorite places here.In the past I have done walking and hiking. This year a torqued ankle has limited me to one mile-and-a-half walk

Three theaters center around this plaza

This is the Elizabethan

This is the New, or Thomas, theater, a classic black box where they do their most intimate performances

Rosa, ready to see Hamlet in the Elizabethan.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Portland: Fashionistas

Well, on Saturday we shopped along NW 23rd Avenue and then on Sunday we visited a fashion exhibit at the Portland Museum of Art, so draw your own conclusions.

For a number of reasons we allowed a day, possibly two, more than we absolutely needed, just because we so enjoy the city. So the weekend was real leisure time when we were not visiting friends.

No images of us shopping or eating some incredible ice cream, but on Sunday I did some iPhonography at the Museum. What we saw were two Summer Exhibitions; Native Fashion Now and Case Work:Studies in Form, Space & Construction by Brad Cloepfil/Allied Works Architecture.

If you are anywhere around Portland before September 4, be sure to see Native Fashion Now. It is an interesting, educational, delightful exploration of one of those "who knew" subjects.

The main hall

Look up

A lot of the stuff on exhibit is just playful fun, all of it is exquisite

This was part of the "Provocateurs" display 

This exhibit dealt with the Allied Works design firm, who work not locally but across the nation designing mostly institutional structures. It showed sketches, compositions and materials and featured a video in which Cloepfil discussed his design ethos. We were fortunate, too, to run into an off-duty docent who taught us a great deal about his work. Interestingly he has done nothing in Portland, where he is based. I kind of understand why. Though we clearly love this city, it's not for the architecture which ranges from the clunky to the adequate. Maybe Allied can change that ethic.

On Monday we transition to Ashland and what Sharon regards as the "main part" of the trip, a week at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, a week in which we will see everything they have on offer.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Portland.2 (tea and books)

And not too many images.

I guess Portland its everyone's favorite city, at least on the west coast. I kind of class it with Santa Fe, Savannah, Austin, Mobile as one of the most livable mid-size cities.

We have been coming up here regularly for about fifteen years and enjoying the pleasures and treasuries of the city. For part of the time my destination was the Portland Pen Show, so Sharon has sen more of the city than I have (and she's been here a couple of times without me. So I am still discovering new places like the Rose Garden and the Art Museum as well as trodden paths like the Columbia River Gorge, the Lan Su Garden, and Powell's.

Friday we were on familiar ground, Powell's and the Garden. A few images: Sharon in her element and me playing with the camera in the Garden.

Sharon in her element

Lan Su Gardens. Portland's Chinatown is derelict, but the gardens are exquisite

There are a couple of large koi in here, can you see 'em?