The IAP Collection Overview
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Conceived and established in 2014, The IAP Collection is a permanent archive of pens intended for public display. The Collection serves to physically document and preserve the finely crafted work of IAP members, and document the evolution of pen making.
The collection will be made available to individual IAP chapters for display at meetings, as well as national and regional gatherings such as the Midwest Penturners Gathering (MPG), and the Mid-Atlantic Penturners Gathering (MAPG). Although the physical collection resides in the United States, it can be made available world wide.
The collection began as a personal undertaking, and was initially populated by 23 pens from IAP members. An additional 10-15 pens are “In Design” and will be added to the Collection as they are received. Funding necessary to establish the initial collection was provided by an anonymous donor. The collection has been gifted to the IAP, and henceforth will be managed by a caretaker and a small advisory group, with occasional necessary funding provided by the IAP or other donors wishing to make specific contributions to support the Collection.
The Collection was not established to be a “Best of The Best,” or 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”; and members who have made long-standing contributions to IAP as blank makers, vendors, and mentors. Simply put, the Collection will enable members to enjoy in person what they have admired on their computer screen from members whom they may never have the chance to meet in person.
Three methods have been developed for expansion of the collection:
Collection Caretaker: Mr. Mark James of Medina, Ohio, USA
- 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.
- Birthday Bash Contests: Several “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. Because the winners are chosen by popular vote, this allows the general membership to have a direct effect in the makeup of the collection.
- 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.
Visit the Collection Summary Photo Page for a photographic overview of the holdings. Detailed data relating to each pen can be found in the Collection Photo Album. Check the Collection Discussion Forum for announcements and conversation related to the Collection.
Procedures for transportation and display are being drafted, and this document will be amended to include that information when it is available. The initial public displays will hopefully occur this year at the MPG, and MAPG. After those two events, procedures will be announced for how Chapters may request the collection for display.
This document was updated April 24, 2016
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