NIBBUS MAXIMUS: Jim Woodring Unveils the Giant Nib Pen
We previously reported on esteemed cartoonist Jim Woodring’s efforts to raise money towards the construction of an insanely large, seven-foot steel-tip dip pen. The creator of Frank and Weathercraft said he needed $4,500 to complete the project that they said couldn’t be done, but done it he has. As part of an event he’s calling Nibbus Maximus, Woodring will unveil the colossal steel-tip pen and wooden handle at a demonstration at Seattle’s Gage Academy of Art on January 9. Woodring will chat with awe-struck attendees while he creates new works up to 4 x 6 feet large.
The pen itself is a mastery of design and engineering
The nib is sixteen inches long and made of brass-pated, hand-engraved cold-rolled steel. The handle is lathe-turned poplar, painted with black lacquer. The ink is a specially formulated acrylic blend. A vase functions as an inkwell.