Calligraphy, Tools and Techniques

The Society of Scribes and Illuminators Where calligraphers can commune with like minded individuals.

Society of Scribes - New York City Likewise for New Yorkers, with news, information, gallery,shop etc.

Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society More of the same from the UK.

IAMPETH : International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting More communicative calligraphers.

Australian Society of Calligraphers See, we're not just a mob of shearers and surfers down here.

Learn Calligraphy An extensive resource site with many links.

Cynscribe Calligraphy Directory A large and comprehensive link site on matters calligraphical, and related areas.

The Ultimate Guide to Calligraphy Well, actually it's a modest link list of calligraphy websites.

Plumes et Calames The French language site of the The Belgian Association of Calligraphy. The English language forum seems to have vanished.

The Iron Gall Ink Corrosion Website A site which tells you everything you could possibly need to know about iron gall ink, including how to make it, and problems of conservation. It is no longer currently online but I have grabbed it back here from The Internet Archive. It is replaced by The Iron Gall Ink Website, but that appears to be currently unfinished.

The Ink Compendium And another site with several ancient ink recipes, also only available now from The Internet Archive.

Monastic Ink: linking chemistry and history A fascinating article on making iron gall ink as a school science project, with a bit more detailed chemistry than is found in some other articles. A great bit of interdisciplinary teaching technique apart from anything else.

Cutting Quill Pens from Feathers Just what it says, with detailed instructions and photos.

Regia Anglorum - Quills This sub-section of the very interesting Anglo-Saxon re-enactment site provides techniques for the production of quill pens and some ancient recipes for ink. They actually do it so they know it works.

Randy Asplund The author is a fantasy and sci-fi buff and a highly creative member of SCA. The site contains a wealth of material on the recreation of medieval manuscripts and the tools to do it with.

Waxed Tablets from Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages A simple link page to images of actual examples of these strangely neglected scribal tools, as well as depictions in manuscript illustration.

A Virtual Exhibition of the Ravages of Dust, Water, Moulds, Fungi, Bookworms and other Pests From the European Commission on Preservation and Access, a site explaining and showing the horrible things that can happen if you don't look after your books and manuscripts. Another one which now has to be trawled out of The Internet Archive.

Calligraphy by Johan A modern calligrapher struts his stuff.

Skrifarinn The personal web site of "the only contemporary scribe in Iceland" who produces beautiful calligraphic reproductions, complete with illustrations, of ancient Icelandic manuscripts. She is looking for folks of similar interest to start up an Icelandic medieval re-enactment group, so this is one for the saga buffs. It is in English as well as Icelandic.

Calligraphy and Heraldry An exquisite website displaying the beautiful work of a modern calligrapher.Medieval skills live!

Calligrafee Site showing the works of a clever and imaginative lady who is a calligrapher. Love the illuminated manuscript about bread. They should have been so appreciative of life's staple in the middle ages.

Medieval and Renaissance Material Culture A very extensive link page to illustrations of all manner of material culture, including those relating to the scribal arts.


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