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.
Need a paint brush here is how to make one