"How could youth better learn to live than by at once trying the experiment of living?" - Henry David Thoreau

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Exploring writing

Louie does not write yet -to my knowledge- ;)  but he has been intrigued by the idea that back in days bygone people wrote with feathers dipped in ink.

So today we went to the local park where there are heaps of Ducks, Ibis, a few Geese and Swans in hope of finding some feathers he can use to try out old style writing.

We found quite a few, this was his favourite, from an Ibis.

I think this may have sparked off a new interest for him, collecting and identifying feathers around the place.

So we had quite a time trying to find ink at any of the shops we visited, eventually managing to find some at a specialist stationers, squeeze bottles for wetting inkpads.

Louie enjoyed his experiment writing with his feather, and I was quite surprised how well it worked, we didn't modify the feather at all, but I think I might try trimming the tip up later on, the shaft gives a very nice fine point, I can understand how such fine calligraphy was possible when feathers were in vogue :)


  1. Are there specific types of feathers that work for this???
    (I'm asking because we have chickens...and lots of big chicken feathers!!)

  2. I don't think so, just any old feather as far as I could see... We just looked for the biggest ones we could find.

  3. This is the most wonderful idea ... it's going into my stock of things to do in the school holidays! Jaq.