dejv — Berlin


I stumbled onto your web site, I really enjoyed it, My dad taught penmanship in the seminary where he was going to school in the first part of the last century, he passed away when I was young, I always admired good penmanship so I will see if I can learn.

Debbie — Hanford, CA


Hello, I am very new to Calligraphy and found IAMPETH through another calligraphy site. I would like to know more about membership. What are in the online journals? Thank you for your help.

Debbie S

****IAMPETH Response****

You can find out more about how to join IAMPETH by visiting the membership page here:     

Membership includes the quarterly Journal, which includes articles, photos of work, information about the members and the annual convention.  Membership also includes acess to the online discussion Forum, where members share information, ask questions, and stay in contact.  Current IAMPETH members are always the first to be able to register for the convention each year. 

Kathy Saunders

IAMPETH Corresponding Secretary


Michael Martin — Indiana


I have been reading all (most) of the articles on your site. I am almost convinced to join.  The lessons were very helpful. I wonder about your forum. A lot of the forums I have been to seem to have quite a lag in communication. Sometimes I think it would be helpful to be able to chat with the group on  some questions. ( and not have to wait 30 days for a reply...)

As for my interest,  a while back I had a stroke that affected my left side and retired me from work for good. Naturally, I am left handed. So, I grabbed a pencil and started learning to write with the right hand.  I got to thinking, why not do it right this time, and thats when I got intrested.  So far I've enjoyed it, and found it quite relaxing!

****IAMPETH Response****

Our forums are quite active.  Many of our members participate in the discussions there regularly.  You will typically receive an answer within hours.  I'll take this opportunity to welcome you in advance!

Kathy Saunders

IAMPETH Corresponding Secretary

Nancy Schaub — Pennsylvania


May a non-educator in penmanship also join IAMPETH?  I was taught Palmer method in grade school and despite age and arthritic changes to my hands, I strive to preserve my penmanship and also to learn Copperplate.  Thank you. 


****IAMPETH Response*****

Of course! Anyone with an interest in handwriting or calligraphy is welcome to join IAMPETH!  I hope you will enjoy all of the information on the website, and the quarterly Journal magazine.  You'll also be welcome to follow the conversations in the IAMPETH Forum discussion group.

Kathy Saunders

IAMPETH Corresponding Secretary

John Hager — New York, US


I have studied all forms of handwriting from questioned to profiling from handwriting for many years. While looking up another matter, I saw your site and electronically came right over. This is an amazing site. When I finish this I will join. Thank you so very much for allowing us to look further into the art of handwriting.





Susan Schroeder — Southern California


I am a self employed Baby Boomer who has always had a passion for Penmanship and Calligraphy.   I have been looking for classes both through the local "JC's" and on line.  I found the IAMPETH website through Pinterest and was impressed with the resources available to members.  Could I be contacted, via email, when the 2016 membership opens for new applicants?


***IAMPETH Response***

Membership will reopen on Saturday, March 26th, after 2016 convention registration has been completed.   Welcome, in advance! 

Kathy Saunders

IAMPETH Corresponding Secretary


Linda D. Bowman — South Carolina


I am a poet and I am new to calligraphy. This site will be a great help to using my poetry for cards, plaques, etc. Thank you

Katherine T. — Florida


I found this website after some research and seeing some posts online with the tag #iampeth. I am new at calligraphy and am left-handed.  I am quite impressed by the resources you have for us left handed folk! Thank you!

Linda — Pittsburgh, PA


just restarting with calligraphy after years off.    So happy I found this site. 

One question i have as i am exploring your site... i have never used an oblique pen.  Are there specific styles that this should and should not be used for?  My goal for 2016 is to get comfortable with Copperplate but most everything I have done to this point is basic stuff. 

Plus are there local places to get one on one help?


**IAMPETH Response**

Welcome!  The oblique pen holder is used for Engrosser's Script (sometimes refered to as copperplate), Spencerian, and other styles of Ornamental Penmanship.  The oblique holder will put your flexible penpoint at the proper angle for shading the letters.  You might find a Speedball oblique holder at your local art store, but they are not the best choice, and cannot be adjusted at all.  You can shop for a basic oblique holder at John Neal Bookseller, and at Paper & Ink Arts.  Links are below.

Then you should refer to the beginner instructions on the IAMPETH website here:

You can download Joe Vitolo's interactive book for Mac & ipad users, Script in the Copperplate Style here:

It is also available as a pdf file for PC users here:

You might also want to check out your local calligraphy guild in Pittsburgh, PA, here:

Have fun! 

Kathy Saunders, IAMPETH Corresponding Secretary

Tyler Bowser — Pennsylvania, United States


As a calligraphy enthusiast, I have found this site to be my absolute favorite in terms of lessons and community.  It has helped me master many forms of pointed pen, and it never fails to deliver.  As soon as I get a job going again (currently in a hiatus from my job), I would like to join IAMPETH, and continue to practice and better myself.

Nerine — South Africa - Cape Town


I saw a video of Jake Weidmann & am amazed by the beautiful art that penmanship can create. I'm only 37 but a firm believer that a pen and paper last forever & the beauty of hand writing is what makes it so. I'd love to join the IAMPETH community so I can preserve this dying art form in my personal capacity. With the advancement of technology, our children are slowly losing the ability to write and occupational therapists are laughing all the way to the bank. More teachers like Jake are needed in this world. 

Connie Massey — Houston TX USA


Calligrapher for 25 years & specialize in Copperplate & Hebew script.  I looked at your archive list of Convention location  and from its beginning to recent, Houston was never a location for your Convention.  How come?   I would be attending for sure!   Is venue a problem.  I can find a venue for you if that is the case.   I love writing & it is an honor for me to associate with the Masters.   Thank You

Connie Massey*Kingdom Writing*Calligrapher/Scribe


***IAMPETH Response

The convention sites are normally chosen by the IAMPETH President for that year.  Quite often, they choose their home city, for ease in planning.  There are lots of cities we haven't been to yet, but we're working on it!

Kathy Saunders,  IAMPETH Corresponding Secretary





Michael J. Fisher — Wigan, England


I am 71 years old and since I was 7 or8 I have been able to draw, more specifically, copy.

By the age of 15 I won a scholarship to an art school where I was introduced to many disciplines one being calligraphy. Unfortunately, I was also learning guitar at the time and was 'conned' into joining a band.

The rest of my life was was a see-saw of art and music, consequently, I mastered neither one of the two art forms.

Whilst watching the video of Jake Weidmann in his studio I was moved to tears as his work reminded me of all the wasted years behind me.

Thank you for letting me into the world of penmanship; I think I may spend some time trying a little of what remains of my feeble technique.

Veerle Evrard — Leuven,


Great website! Thanks a lot. 

Michiel — Netherlands


I also like this website a lot, it looks very good. i was looking for (another website) but stumbled upon your website. it looks very good. Keep it up.

Karola Sánchez — Holland


Thanks for this website. It is really amazing to see all of your videos. I am learning a lot with you.

Alicia — Georgia


teaching myself to letter. good videos.

José Escoto — Santa Ana, Santa Ana


Hello everyone. 

Before saying anything I want to say thank you for such and inspiring and amazing work in preserving this beautiful art and information. This is absolutely amazing!

I am a novice in all of this, and for someone like me who doesn´t know anything is really hard to start learning and even if it´s self taught, so I´d like to suggest an area dedicated for people who wants to start learning from zero to expert. I have seen so many articles in the site but it´s hard to decide where or what start reading and practicing.

Best reggards José Escoto

***IAMPETH Reply***

Kathy Saunders - Webster, NY

Over the last year, much effort has gone into updating the IAMPETH website!  If you go to the "Lessons" tab at the top of any page on the website, you will see a drop-down option for "Getting Started".  Click on that selection and it will take you to several articles, examples and instruction sheets that are all made for the beginner.  This should be very helpful! 

You can also click the "Style" menu on the Lessons page, and choose the style you are interested in.  This should bring up links to articles, and instructions in that particular style. 

Also be sure to check out the "Rare Books" section and the "Videos" section for more information.

Have fun!


Marlene Fair-Fischer — United States


Although my penmanship teacher in elementary school was VERY strict, I honor her commitment to teaching even 70 years later.

Little did she know that I was/am ambidextrous - and that I can still write exactly as she taught me.  I have, however, stylized a bit.

Just to let you know of a typo I found - it's instead of its.

Now that I left that page I can only say my copy/paste did not work and I cannot remember which penmanship writer's autobiography this was found.

Gentle as you go,

Marlene Fair-Fischer

formerly of Cleveland Ohio and a graduating student of the now-defunct O.W. Holmes elementary school on 105th Street, north of St Clair, across from the post office.

Jane Kent — Lindfield, NSW


Dear webmaster,

The new website is absolutely fabulous.  Thank you so so much for this inspirational resource. 

I will never be without inspiration with this site  at hand.  Thank you thank you from sunny Sydney Australia.

Thank you



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