Gottfried Pott – A Look into the World of Calligraphy

Bamboo- and reed pens are a must in any calligrapher’s palette. They can be fashioned by hand in varying widths. A reservoir is very helpful and easy to manufacture. A small strip of aluminum from a softdrink can is bent into a loop and inserted into the underside of a bamboo pen. In cutting the tip of the pen, care should be taken that the writing part is cut as long and as thin as possible. This is of great importance to elasticity of the pen. The stroke is characteristically smooth and has a warmer tone than the already described stroke made with a metal pen. Other materials, depending on their specific qualities, such as cardboard, felt, balsa wood, or cork, produce many rich variations as well.

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