Jan 4th 2011 By: Andy Khouri
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
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.
As indicated in the press release from Woodring's publisher Fantagraphics
, the artist's goal to building an enormous seven-foot dip-pen was thought to be but the fevered dream of a madman. But Woodring claims that prototype tests have gone well despite everything the so-called experts think they know about the relationship between scale and fluid dynamics.
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.
Godspeed, Jim Woodring. But please be careful, you could poke your eye out with that thing.