This was my first Bash and it was awesome! My only pen submittal got some votes and I learned a lot. But here's my question: when "judging" a pen, where does Creativity and Skill rate in terms of importance? There were some amazing pens in all categories, but the ones I truly felt were worth my vote were those where the Pen Turner took some risk and created something by using his/her skills and creative vision. I understand that some categories were all about creating the blanks, but many were about the artistry of the pen (creativeness and skill). For me, that's why I read IAP. To get not just technical advise but to get my creative juices going and create a pen I never thought I could make. Hopefully next year I can turn a pen where both creativity and skill are obvious. Thanks to all who worked so hard on the Bash. I look forward to next year!