Monthly Archives: July 2012


Bit of a different post, today. A request for feathers. See, I use turkey for writing, as you may recall. And so do my students. And when students are learning to cut quills, they use up a LOT of feathers. Goodness, do they ever. And I have two apprentices this summer, both of whom are […]


So I did this ketubah recently. It’s round, which is a new thing for me, and it has twelve-fold radial symmetry, and it’s scrumptious (Click the image to see a bigger version). Once it was done, it occurred to me that it would make a pretty awesome clock. You’d scan the ketubah and photoshop out […]

Quill pens

Learning to cut and shape quills is one of the most stumbly stumbling-blocks a newbie scribe has to negotiate. I learned to cut quills from a combination of websites (, liralen, and the ever-helpful Mordechai Pinchas), assistance in person, and practice. When you’re starting out, you don’t know what a good quill is supposed to […]