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Old 11-02-2017, 03:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Typewritten Foil and Handmade Paper Pens

In a flurry of digital detox, I got out my trusty Olympia Deluxe 1969 manual typewriter - in mint condition thanks to my friends at California Typewriter, who were featured along with Tom Hanks and others in this wonderful documentary: California Typewriter Documentary

I played a cozy little dance/jazz gig, and when the celebrants made musical requests, a tiny light bulb went off - "Yes - glad to play the tune, and glad to make a pen to commemorate your request".

One thing led to another:

Handmade some more paper - as explained in my previous posts - first typed out some simple words for stylus pens, then typed some tunes/composers/dates of compositions on some tooled and painted copper foil; then darkened the letters with hand-rubbed Jacquard iridescent airbrush paints; then went for it.

I may have opened another tiny can of infinity, because more requests are coming in - some requesting lyrics and chord changes - why not?

Autumn Leaves, Joseph Kosma, 1945
Kind of Blue, Miles Davis, 1959
Begin the Beguine, Cole Porter, 1935
Giant Steps, John Coltrane, 1959

Happy Thursday to all - Bob

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Old 11-02-2017, 04:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nicely done, Bob !! . Very original !!

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Bob, your work is great -- I always make a point of looking, because you seem to come up with a new idea or method every post. Thanks!
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Neat idea! Thanks for sharing.

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Excellent idea and thanks for posting the photos.
To err is human; To really mess it up, you need a computer.
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Old 11-02-2017, 09:27 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Another creative and original idea Bob. The pens, as usual, are fantastic. I think these are near the top of my favorite work you've done, thanks in part to their sheer uniqueness. I could see these being a hit with Biblical verses too, especially on a themed pen.
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Old 11-03-2017, 02:43 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Bob, Bob, Bob. What are we going to do with you?
You're making the rest of us look bad.

Just kidding. Another inventive pen & another original process.
Nicely done my friend.
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There's a good chance I wasn't listening anyway.

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Old 11-03-2017, 10:48 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Many thanks Mal, Duncan, Allen, Matt, John, Jay, and Herb!

Jay - Bible verses are a great idea! There's something memorable, direct, robust, and even heroic about letters struck onto metal (compared with computer-generated text).

My grandfather (equally a carpenter and writer) taught me to type on his treasured 1922 Underwood portable typewriter many (many) years ago.

Manual typewriters are happy to work way off the power grid - joyous and rhythmic stream of consciousness without editing, and far from hackers.

I'm getting a deeper type stroke impression by backing the copper foil with a strip of Scott Shop Towel. Suede and other soft leathers are also working well.

I'll be experimenting with liver of sulfur/potassium sulfide patinas this weekend (best done outdoors - a bit pungent).

Warm regards to all - and more fun ahead - Bob

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Bob, You are most certainly one of the most creative and artistic members to come along in a while here at IAP. Beautiful job!

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