Monday, October 18, 2010


1. The protonib with six of the seven brass reservoir plates.

2. The protonib with the plates installed.

3. The protonib with plate-ends wired in place.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great! I hope to see more coverage of the project as it moves along.

Will you be casting a giant ink bottle?

8:33 PM  
Blogger Donovan S. Brain said...

I saw Protonib warming up for Hawkwind back in '84. Helluva show.

6:44 AM  
Blogger Chad Woody said...

Most impressive. Even if no great art flows from this, you will develop the intimidating upper-body parts of Conan the Calligrapher.

9:34 PM  
Blogger Donovan S. Brain said...

Maybe you can build a pantograph to operate it in synch with a normal-sized pen.

1:05 PM  
Blogger Kerry Maxwell said...

Are you doing anything to prepare yourself physically for wielding this mighty pen? Looking formidable. Sure can't wait to see what comes out.

9:16 PM  
Blogger Joshua Ray Stephens said...

We don’t understand. A regular sized quill pen operates using the surface tension of the fluid to keep from dripping. With a pen this size how is the ink not going to just spill everywhere?

11:13 PM  
Blogger Jim Woodring said...

The plates. A series of nesting plates spaced just far enough apart to hold the ink with sufficient tenacity that it will stay there until drawn out. You can see the prototype work here:

1:03 PM  
Blogger Joshua Ray Stephens said...

Ahhhhhhh… the plates! Of course. Thanks for clearing that one up.

5:00 PM  
Blogger Jim Woodring said...

I regret to state that I have not read The Moth or the Flame. I'll keep an eye out for it. Strange coincidence, that.

6:09 PM  
Blogger tiffannysketchbook said...

wow that's gunna be a big pen!!!!!!

9:28 AM  
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