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Old 01-19-2015, 05:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Introducing The IAP Collection

After 8 months of planning, many personal messages and a lot of collaborative work, a new “tool” has been added to the IAP workshop: The start of a permanent collection of pens has been established from the IAP Membership explicitly for the purpose of public display.

This Collection will be taken/sent for display at State/Local Chapter gatherings as well as regional gatherings (MAPG; MPG, etc.). It is also feasible that The Collection could be sent to other countries for periodic display. With the establishment of The Collection, IAP members can now see in person what they have admired on their computer screen. While we may never meet some of our IAP forum acquaintances, it is now possible to physically admire their work. And, future IAP members will have the opportunity to see works of those who came before them.

The Collection also begins the process of physically archiving, documenting and preserving the evolution of pen turning in recent years, and more specifically that of the membership of IAP.

What this collection is NOT: A “Best of The Best,” A “Hall of Fame” or an IAP rendition of the Pen Maker’s Guild. The IAP Collection is intended to be inclusive of newer turners who are displaying interesting works; accomplished turners who are simply “Masters;” folks who have made long-standing contributions to IAP as blank makers, vendors or teachers; and turners who are refining techniques and skills that will further our craft.

As of today, The IAP Collection consists of 23 pens (Core Collection) that have been donated to “jump-start” the formation of a much larger assemblage.

Please visit the Collection Overview and the Photo Summary. From those two pages you can click to the photo album entries for each pen and read about each in detail.

The collection as it stands today is just the beginning. It will evolve through the contributions of the forum membership with respect to it’s actual holdings, and future structure and purpose. What is presented today should be considered an initial foundation to build upon. Three methods have been proposed for expansion of the Collection.
  1. Chapter Contributions: When a Local Chapter displays the collection, they become eligible to donate a pen to the collection. The donation may occur any time within one year of the date the collection was displayed at the chapter meeting. This allows the local chapter to “leave their mark” on the collection.
  2. Birthday Bash Contests: Up to two “members choice” contests per year may be selected to be “IAP Collection Contests”. The first place winner from these contests will have the option to have their pen added to the IAP Collection and receive an additional cash prize as compensation. Because the winners are chosen by popular vote, this allows the general membership to have a direct effect in the makeup of the collection.
  3. Solicitation: The Caretaker may recommend that a particular pen be sought, or a specific member be commissioned to provide a pen for the collection. The frequency at which this method is employed will depend on the available funding, the current size of the collection, and other factors. If IAP funds are used to acquire a pen in this way, the Caretaker will involve the general membership, the Collection advisors, or the IAP management team in the decision. This allows the addition of pens from members who do not compete in contests or participate in a local chapter, and will be useful in filling gaps in the Collection.
The Collection will be managed by a curator. Because of his generosity and dedication in the establishment of the collection, Mark James has agreed to continue shepherding the collection through its early period of growth. Please join me in thanking Mark for bringing this wonderful new part of the IAP to reality.
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Have space reserved at the MAPG!!! What a wonderful idea.
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A very big THANK YOU...

to Mark James for taking this project on.

This a great idea.
Personally, I will be looking for a few of my favorite turners there.

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What a great idea. we look forward to viewing this collection in the coming years. IAP has a lot of exceptional pen turners and it will be good to show case their achievements. Darrell
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Thank you Mark and Jeff and whoever else behind the scenes.This is a teriffic idea.
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What an amazing collection!! I am in awe of all the pens!
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Thank you both for this undertaking.
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Great idea. Thanks Mark.
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A big THANK YOU to Mark & Jeff and everyone else who has been involved in this. What a great project - I look forward to seeing the collection in person someday.
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WOW, A very special thank you to Mark, this is wonderful.
Also to Jeff and the others for all the collaboration bringing this idea into fruition.
I could not believe that I was asked to contribute to this.

Thanks again.
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