Monday, August 23, 2010

Essential tools

[You can click on any of the photos to enlarge for more detail]

If you are a letter writer and especially a letter writer who uses a fountain pen there are a full tools which you should have in your arsenal.  Above are mine.

This is my lovely wax seal, with the handle made by Brian Goulet of Goulet Pens.  The seal itself is from The Design Station.  I really love the vast variety of seals that they offer.  Mine is a Celtic Double Dog design.

And of course, what good is a wax seal without sealing wax.  I have some Herbin flexible was that I acquired from (again) Brian Goulet of Goulet Pens.  The standard wax, which I actually prefer is from (again) The Design Station.

Now, if you are going to properly open a letter you need a proper letter opener. Mine is a wooden knife, which I located at a local stationery shop. The only thing that I can tell you is that it is Made in Montana.
[edit:  These letter openers may be found at - they are from Seldom Seen Knives]

Two essential tools remain.  This is my rocker blotter, acquired with the kind assistance of rodney_o, it is made from Hawaiian Koa wood.

Lastly, the small white item that you see in the first photo.  This is simply a white candle, yes a white candle.  Essential to the protection of addresses on envelopes and the writing on postcards.  After the ink has been blotted and dried you can apply a light coating of wax and your ink will be protected from the elements.

So there you have it, my "essential tools" if anyone else has some, please share.


Josie said...

Such a lovely post - reviving the seemingly lost art (with the emphasis on the art) of writing letters. And I really like your Celtic Double-Dog seal. I don't know what mine would be. Thanks for the inspiration :-)

phonelady said...

wow you are a letter coniseur , bless your heart . great post .

Erin C. said...

Great post on letter writing equipment. It made me want to write a letter!

Just add stationery and the writing instrument of your choice and voila, an outstanding letter that would/should be in the "keeper" category.

Would love to see the impression that your Celtic seal makes.

Aaron said...

Love that wax idea! Do you just rub it over the address?

ginigin said...

Beautiful tools - I love the koa wood. Reminds me that I have meant to take a photo of my malachite letter opener and bowl, in which I keep a slab of wax used for canning. My version of your candle. I just rub it over address or writing on a postcard to keep ink from smearing. Thanks for seal link, I will have to take a look.

JoniB said...

So THAT'S what you use to protect the address! I've been switching to a regular pen for fear of your flooded mailbox syndrome. I think I have some white tea candles here somewhere.... said...

I'm in awe over your correspondence arsenal:)The seal is real cool!

Julie (Okami) said...

Hi Erin

You can see me about my seal and a sample of the impression on my post here:

melydia said...

Wow, that's gorgeous. I love wax seals but have never owned one myself. Heck, I can't remember the last "letter" I wrote that wasn't a thank you notecard. Thanks for the inspiration!

Stephanie said...

I need a cooler letter-opener like yours. (I don't think mine is sharp enough, either.) You just use candle wax to seal your ink? I might be able to do that myself... All of your tools are so lovely. :)

Bill Gibson said...

Me, too!

Julie (Okami) said...

Bill - did you mean to leave your comment here or on the Webbie giveaway?

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