March 6, 2014: Eric Beuker (aka Buzzzz4)
Eric Beuker (aka Buzzzz4) and his kids spend time together both casting pen blanks and turning pens since 2008. Eric's casting focus is in embedded blank casting.
He really enjoys placing things in resin and finding the beauty within the pen blank. Eric's blanks have been seen in Pen World Magazine as well as Woodturning
Designs Magazine. He has won awards for his mini-pinecones, cherry pits, and antler bits castings.
You can find Eric's castings at www.exoticblanks.com/Eric-s-Artistic-Embeds/.
March 4, 2014: Eric Rasmussen (aka Sylvanite)
Eric Rasmussen (aka Sylvanite) has been turning pens for 7 years and enjoys trying out unusual materials such as petoskey stone, knotted thread, and cast gunpowder. You may know him,
however, from his IAP postings on Photography Basics and Photoshop Tips. Eric is bringing a simple tabletop light tent and will walk through a sample pen photography session, showing why and how to
choose appropriate camera settings to control photo perspective, exposure, white balance, focus, depth-of-field, and noise. If time permits, he'll also discuss some fundamentals of photo composition
and lighting - or photo post-processing (photoshop). Is your camera better at taking pictures than you are? If so, this is your chance to gain the upper hand.
IAP hyperlinks to Eric's tutorials can be found in our photo album.
March 4, 2014: Richard Greenwald (aka penmaker56)
Here are the latest happenings from one of our vendors, Richard L. Greenwald LLC, "It has been a busy year, so busy, that I have not made a pen in 2 years now. Just after last year's MAPG
I had to breakdown my lathe and mill for servicing, just after I had my mill in pieces,
Betsy and customers put pressure on me to make plastic pen blanks since we were very low on stock, and Bexley wanted the new FLEXIGRAN plastic for their yearly limited edition Owners Club, plus Penworld
magazine wanted a photoshoot for one of their articles. In what little spare time, I still had pen shows to do, finished the nib tipping welding machine, and other photoshoots to do. I stopped making
plastics this January, which included a custom order of FLEXIGRAN for the Franklin-Christophe Pen Company, and samples for Delta, Stipula, and Conway-Stewart pen companies. I needed a break from making
plastics; I then started practicing re-tipping fountain pen nibs, and found that I had to make a nib slitting saw, which I started to build, but needed my mill to finish, so, I had to put my mill
back together again from last June (a Catch-22), that is now done and I can finish the slitting saw (I have pressure from a lot of pen repair technicians to start re-tipping). Once that is done,
I have to make some more decorative rings, have about 1000 parts to plate (nickel, gold, and rhodium), practice re-tipping, and then I have to get back to plastics both PR and FLEXIGRAN. Oops,
forgot the 5-10 Parker Duofold ball point pens that I get in every month from around the world to repair the mechanism. Just absolutely no time to even think about making a new pen."
Richard will be selling refills, blanks, parts, etc. but not pens, photographs, quill making, or nib tipping items at MAPG 2014. More information about his products can
be found at www.richardlgreenwald.com.
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