Introduction: Quill

Today we write with computer keyboards and stylus. Some people still with a pen. Long before the pen and pencil there was the quill and ink and before that chisels and stylus (hummmm).

Step 1: Lets Make History

To make a quill you need a feather one from a larger bird. I used a turkey feather but any large wing feather will do. Check to be sure that the feather feels good in your hand as a writing implement.

Step 2: Cut the End

Now you will need to cut the end off with a sharp knife some where between a 25 and 45 degree angle.

Step 3: Clean Out the Stuff and Cut Your Nib

With a pin or something thin pull out or push in the stuff. Next cut a slit on the end with a small hole at the top. There is different ways to cut the nib for calligraphy or drawing but for this I am doing a basic writing quill.

Step 4: My Little Helper

she's making something usually a mess but she is learning

Step 5: Getting a Grip

For the grip I use waxed linen and tie it in half hitch knots up the shaft of the feather from an inch or so from the tip to where the feather starts.

Step 6: Done Time to Write

That it very easy and very classical. Now go out and write a fancy declaration, decree or some other fancy paper.

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    If you tuck the end into hot sand (350 degrees F until cool) to harden the tip, it is far easier to cut, and it's much easier to write with them. When soft, they are more difficult to use to make a fine line. Just put some dry sand in a baking dish or loaf pan, and set it in the oven. When heated, set it on a trivet, and stick the ends into the sand until everything is room temperature.

    that will harden them and you can get a very fine point that way good call

    This is a great tutorial. Also, a thin piece of bamboo will work in a pinch.

    absolutely and thanks

    I gave some kids down the street a feather I found while boating, they insisted I make it into a pen. Thanks for the instructable!

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    awesome its pretty easy huh the writing is the hard part to get used to

    a wing feather works best and a larger size but any will work