Mindblown: a blog about philosophy.

  • European round top pen and video views

    I made this pen about a week ago. I like it but it’s not a style of pen that I would use, I don’t think. In other news, I’m not sure what’s going on with the YouTube algorithm but my view count is way up. I keep checking it, thinking it’s not right. I’m excited […]

  • It’s getting darker earlier

    The weather has been unseasonably warm this year. It’s been great for me to get outside and turn some pens. The sun, however, is still on the same orbit. It’s been getting dark earlier, making it a little tricky to work into the evening. My dad gave me the idea of using a photography light. […]

  • Pen Turning | Holly with RAW Brass Rollerball

    I really like how this pen turned out.

  • October 31, 2022

    I figure I should title these posts with the date because that’s what they’re about – the day. I made this fountain pen a few days ago. I didn’t like it much at first but it’s grown on me and now I quite like it. It’s a Sedona fountain pen made with Osage Orange wood […]

  • Scriptus 2022

    I didn’t get up as early as I would’ve liked to today but I still made it to Scriptus, a stationery show. It was quite nice, save for the number of people filling the room. I bought one thing — a folio for storing pens. The show (more of an exhibition, really) was a good […]

  • New lightbox and a walnut pen

    I was only able to make one pen today. My lever for the tailstock of my lathe broke just over a week ago. It’s an easy problem to work around but it’s a nuisance. It took me at least a couple of hours, I think, to fix my self-centring vise today — the knob to […]

  • Slimline ballpoint pen | Bloodwood with black chrome hardware

    This pen was a custom order. It’s nice to make something for someone knowing that they will enjoy it because they contributed to its creation. This wood — bloodwood — is just stunning.

  • Virage fountain pen | Wenge wood with gold hardware

    Fountain pens are just fantastic. I think everybody should own one. And, use it.

  • The last page of a notebook

    The last page of a notebook

    I got to the end of the notebook I’ve been using for my morning pages this morning. It feels like a poignant event, symbolic of growth and change, with its closing being an opportunity to begin anew. Yet, it’s simply the turning of another page. Eloise seems to be struck by the moment, too.

  • Posting pictures of pens

    One of the nicest things about making and selling pens is that it brings together a lot of my interests. Taking pictures of the pens I make has proven to be somewhat challenging. I’ve fallen into a bit of a pattern — developing a style — but there’s still plenty of room for improvement. It […]

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