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    Default Re: Columbus Ohio Pen Show - November 2,3,4 & 5, 2023

    I'll have a table there and hope any FPG'ers (Geekers?) who attend will stop by and say hello.

    I will have about 70 Nakayas, a dozen King of Pens, other Japanese pens, MB's, Viscontis, etc as well as a couple of beautiful antique wood boxes made into pen chests by the incomparable Barbara Carpentier of Pen House USA.

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    Default Re: Columbus Ohio Pen Show - November 2,3,4 & 5, 2023

    Have a great time, both of you!
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    Default Re: Columbus Ohio Pen Show - November 2,3,4 & 5, 2023

    Seems to be a fairly large show. Nice!

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    Default Re: Columbus Ohio Pen Show - November 2,3,4 & 5, 2023

    Itís a wonderful show and is especially significant for vintage collectors.

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    Default Re: Columbus Ohio Pen Show - November 2,3,4 & 5, 2023

    Pens pens pens, & etc.

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    Default Re: Columbus Ohio Pen Show - November 2,3,4 & 5, 2023

    Observation, not criticism. Pictures of pen shows are almost universally interchangeable. Hotel ballroom, rows of tables full of pens and stationery stuff, and almost exclusively old, white guys (many with hands in pockets) standing, sitting, talking. Perhaps the value here is that you might see someone you know.

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    Default Re: Columbus Ohio Pen Show - November 2,3,4 & 5, 2023

    I must admit I'm glad to see in Europe anyway a lot more women, younger people, and different ethnicities getting into pens. But yes, Bill's criticism does ring true for some areas of the fandom.

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    Default Re: Columbus Ohio Pen Show - November 2,3,4 & 5, 2023

    Apology, please. I very specifically stated I was not offering a criticism. And I resent the blatant mischaracterization.




    Quote Originally Posted by amk View Post
    I must admit I'm glad to see in Europe anyway a lot more women, younger people, and different ethnicities getting into pens. But yes, Bill's criticism does ring true for some areas of the fandom.

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    Default Re: Columbus Ohio Pen Show - November 2,3,4 & 5, 2023

    Take it as it comes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brilliant Bill View Post
    Observation, not criticism. Pictures of pen shows are almost universally interchangeable. Hotel ballroom, rows of tables full of pens and stationery stuff, and almost exclusively old, white guys (many with hands in pockets) standing, sitting, talking. Perhaps the value here is that you might see someone you know.
    this is true. alas, there's not much else to photograph, besides the pens on tables or sometimes people sitting at tables NOT in the ballroom. I quit taking photos at shows long ago (besides a few selfies with friends.)

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    Default Re: Columbus Ohio Pen Show - November 2,3,4 & 5, 2023

    Quote Originally Posted by manoeuver View Post
    ...Fred, can't believe I missed you again.
    Rick and I were there Saturday from 9AM to 1PM.

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    I for one love to see *any* pen show photos, on Instagram I saw an artist from and in India whom I follow (and he followed me as well) posting photos from a pen show in Pune. It gives me a great feeling that our hobby is not only spreading out in the world, but also to see others enjoying pens like we do here.

    In my own home show in Dallas last September, there were plenty, and I mean *plenty* of younger people of many different ethnicities.
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    Default Re: Columbus Ohio Pen Show - November 2,3,4 & 5, 2023

    Quote Originally Posted by FredRydr View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by manoeuver View Post
    ...Fred, can't believe I missed you again.
    Rick and I were there Saturday from 9AM to 1PM.
    ah, Saturday I didn't get to the show til 3:30.

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    Default Re: Columbus Ohio Pen Show - November 2,3,4 & 5, 2023

    To judge a pen show and the demographics of those attending by a picture is a mistake. A sliver of time out of a 3 day show (4 if you count Thursday's pre-show). Ohio does have an emphasis on vintage VS modern, but there is quite a mix of people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Z View Post
    To judge a pen show and the demographics of those attending is a mistake. A sliver of time out of a 3 day show (4 if you count Thursday's pre-show). Ohio does have an emphasis on vintage VS modern, but there is quite a mix of people.
    definitely. especially compared to 10 years ago.
    2012-2014 or so I was one of the youngest people at these shows (not counting grandkids tagging along.)

    It will be interesting to see what the Ohio show looks like in a few years.

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    San Francisco International Pen Show, 2023. I don't take too many wide show shots, but this was as it was filling up in the morning. International representation in vendors; attenders crossed all ethnic, gender, and age groups. Big youth presence. If there was a problem with the show, it's become TOO popular, in large part due to the draw on a wide demographic.

    Unfortunately, I didn't share this picture 3 months ago, or I could have garnered some of that sweet observation, too.



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    Default Re: Columbus Ohio Pen Show - November 2,3,4 & 5, 2023

    Who is "tello"?

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    Who is "tello"?
    One of the newer pen turners, I believe. A friend of mine, who sells stationery and Italian pens at some shows, is friends with him. A fun side-bar is his young daughter, I think still under the age of 10?, turns pens too and brings them to the show. Very recent, don't know any more than that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Szanto View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by TSherbs View Post
    Who is "tello"?
    One of the newer pen turners, I believe. A friend of mine, who sells stationery and Italian pens at some shows, is friends with him. A fun side-bar is his young daughter, I think still under the age of 10?, turns pens too and brings them to the show. Very recent, don't know any more than that.
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