Another thing I came across in the woods last weekend: a 9-inch long feather from a Canada goose. I’ve got no experience with knives outside my kitchen, but I’m nonetheless very tempted to try to make a quill pen with it. Have you ever made one? My last experience with a quill pen — a precut J. Herbin set — wasn’t positive; the line kept splattering and I had to re-dip every two words.
Still, the lure of DIY is strong… I found some pretty detailed instructions online, and I’m thinking about giving it a try.
If you’ve made them before, I’d love to hear your experiences. Did you use a pen knife? Were you handy with knives before you began? How long did it take before you felt comfortable with the whole process?