Tell me a story
, a shop tale. Tell me about a tool you own and the story behind how it came into your life. Tell me about a project you have fond memories of or are haunted by. Tell me about a tip shared by a parent or mentor that you’ve never forgotten. I’m in search of stories for the 2nd volume of my book, Tips and Tales from the Workshop
I began my professional life as an offset lithographer (printer) and graphic artist. I loved that work and it still lives large as part of my self-image. I will always be a printer in my soul.
This old Austrian Meine Sorte cigarette box houses the first set of Speedball nibs I ever owned. I got them for Christmas when I was a teen first learning calligraphy and Celtic knot work. Also in the box are parts from my first Rapidograph pen set
, also given to me by my parents at Christmas, when I became a printer.
The Speedball handle and the rest of the Rapidograph pens are long gone, but I’ve kept this wooden box and its precious contents in my work area ever since to always remind me of my roots and some of the first work tools I ever fell in love with.