Quill
Quill
Quill

Today we write with computer keyboards and stylus. Some people still with a pen. Long before the pen and pencil there was the quill and ink and before that chisels and stylus (hummmm).

Step 1: Lets make history

Quill
Quill

To make a quill you need a feather one from a larger bird. I used a turkey feather but any large wing feather will do. Check to be sure that the feather feels good in your hand as a writing implement.

Step 2: Cut the end

Quill
Quill
Quill

Now you will need to cut the end off with a sharp knife some where between a 25 and 45 degree angle.

Step 3: Clean out the stuff and cut your nib

Quill
Quill
Quill

With a pin or something thin pull out or push in the stuff. Next cut a slit on the end with a small hole at the top. There is different ways to cut the nib for calligraphy or drawing but for this I am doing a basic writing quill.

Step 4: My little helper

Quill

she's making something usually a mess but she is learning

Step 5: Getting a grip

Quill
Quill
Quill
Quill
Quill
Quill

For the grip I use waxed linen and tie it in half hitch knots up the shaft of the feather from an inch or so from the tip to where the feather starts.

Step 6: Done time to Write

Quill
Quill
Quill
Quill

That it very easy and very classical. Now go out and write a fancy declaration, decree or some other fancy paper.

Need a paint brush here is how to make one

 
 

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