Charles Stanhope likes this.
I'd recommend reading both the article and the mastodon thread, as there are a number of useful pieces of software in both.
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Yesterday I found the 10 minutes to try to cut it into a couple of pens, following the instructions on https://static1.squarespace.com/static/517f276be4b0b0f0caf308bf/t/518ecf23e4b07b22f5305c88/1368313635476/Cutting+the+Pen.pdf : I think that the branch was probably thinner than what is usually recommended, but the pens seem to work just fine, in the picture there are a couple of lines written with the two pens, and they aren't significantly harder to use than regular metal nibs.
There is also a closeup of the points: I tried to make the cut more or less perpendicular, as they are going to be used for western-style calligraphy and I'm used to nibs with just a bit of slant.
And yes, the slit on one of the pens is definitely off center: I'll fix it when it will have worn down and I'll need to trim it.
The comments to that post are also worth reading
To reach the fireplace they had to be carried for a bit of a walk, so for the first attempt we only brought 3 different whorls, one tiny vase and a round sample bit; one of the whorls (the thickest one) broke near the beginning (and we could only find one piece), but the rest came out decently, even if we accidentally let the fire slow down earlier than planned (they remained at temperature for something like a hour and a half).
The mini-vase is currently sitting on my kitchen sink, half-full of water and at 5 °C less than its surroundings. Before the next summer I want to make one of those refrigerating flasks…
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(I knew I was going to leave Italy for part of the trip, I just didn't expect the EU bit)
http://www.tilo.ch/en/Collegamenti/Collegamenti-S40.html ---> this is the line, going through Switzerland.