Letter Lovers

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Ball point pens can be beautiful too.
Colapen. Make a great pen from a soft-drink can.



Learn to use pen and paper for all they're worth. Make beautiful words. We'll start with basics of using a pen, exercises in making marks on the page, and introductions to forms of italic and blackletter. In later classes we'll make our own cola pens, 3D print letters, or laser-cut a letterpress font. Would you like to help design a NoiseBridge font?

What to bring

Recommended, but not required:

  • An phone/mp3/music player, headphones, and a few of your favorite songs
  • A ball point pen and blank printer paper
  • Any calligraphy pen, markers, ink you already have
  • Clothes that you don't mind getting a little ink on, a smock, or a very steady hand.

I will have some pens and paper too, so don't sweat it if you come last minute.


Thursday Evenings from 7:00-9:00pm.

Except on the 3rd Thursday of each month, when we have a shortened one-hour class. (Five Minutes of Fame starts at 8:00pm.)


Church classroom at Noisebridge

2169 Mission St., San Francisco, 94114 (at 18th St., near 16th St. BART station).

First time visitors should read this for getting in: Explicit directions and how to get inside


Instruction is free!

And the materials are almost free--it's a myth that you need expensive tools to make beautiful letters. We'll learn how to do it even with a ball-point pen and paper. (Many banks provide such pens for free. :) However, use of traditional pens will also be covered, and a few will be available for loan during the class.


Stan James, a longtime letter lover, current refugee from the startup world.

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