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US Pen Show Schedule

 

Show Date Location Attending
Philadelphia Pen Show Jan 13th – Jan 15th, 2017 The Westin Philadelphia NO
LA Int. Pen Show Feb 16th - Feb 19th, 2017 Manhattan Beach Marriott NO
Arkansas Pen Show March 17th - March 19th, 2017 North Little Rock Wyndham NO
Baltimore Pen Show March 3rd - March 5th, 2017 Westin Hotel BWI YES
Long Island Pen Show April 1st and 2nd, 2017 Hofstra University YES
Atlanta Pen Show April 21st - April 23rd, 2017 Wyndham Atlanta Galleria YES
Chicago Pen Show May 4th -  May 7th, 2017 Chicago Marriott Northwest YES
Triangle Pen Show June 1st - June 4th, 2017 Embassy Suites Raleigh (Cary), NC YES
Miami Pen Show July 14th - July 16th, 2017 Doubletree Hilton Miami Airport NO
Washinton DC Supershow August 4th - August 6th, 2017 Falls Church Marriott Fairview Park YES
San Francisco Pen Show August 25 - 27, 2017 Hotel Pullman San Francisco Bay NO
Commonwealth Pen Show September 10th, 2017 Holiday Inn Boston NO
Dallas Pen Show Sept 8-9, 2017 Doubletree Hotel Dallas YES
Colorado Pen Show October 6 - 8, 2017 Double Tree Hilton Denver NO
Michigan Pen Show *October 2017 Crown Plaza Hotel NO
Ohio Pen Show November 2-5, 2017 Crown Plaza Dublin Hotel YES

* Tenative Dates

What to expect at a pen show:

•    What services do you offer at a show?
•    What forms of payment do you accept?
•    I made it to the show but where are you?
•    How do I get my pens seen by you?
•    How many pens can I have worked on?
•    Can I drop my pens off to be worked on?
•    I got on your list, how will I know when it is my turn?
•    If I buy a pen from you, do I have to get on the list to have a custom grind?
•    I want to buy some ink and paper but you are busy working on a pen, what do I do?
•    Can you adjust for different types of paper?
•    What happens if you do not get through your list by the end of the day?
•    Do you break down early on Sunday?
•    Do you have "Call Ahead Seating"?

What services do you offer at a show?
Obviously we cannot do everything at a show as we only have room for so much equipment.  Bent nibs are one thing that we avoid at shows as they are so time consuming.  A particularly difficult nib could end up taking up too much time and we like to work with as many people as possible.  For the most part Linda does nib smoothing and custom grinds.  Mike will do some smoothings when Linda is backed up and has time but mainly does filling system restorations.

What forms of payment do you accept?
We accept Visa, M/C, Discover, AMEX, checks, and cash. 

I made it to the show but where are you?
Ask the people when you come in.  We are not always in a location that a sign can be put up or seen from across the room.  Once we are set up and working, we are the couple sitting side by side and you can only see the tops of our heads while we are working.

How do I get my pens seen by you?

We have a sign-up sheet at our table.  This allows people to put there name on the list and go enjoy the show while waiting.  It is best if you also list what type of work you are wanting done.  Grinds - Smoothing – Restoration

How many pens can I have worked on?
We will work on as many pens as time will permit, but only one at a time.  If you have more than one pen that you want serviced, once we have finished your first pen please feel free to add your name to the list again.  If we are not busy or do not have anyone on the list we will work with you until that changes. 

Can I drop my pens off to be worked on?

We have tried this in the past and most times this does not work.  These pens usually get pushed to the side while we are working with people that take the time to sit with us.  We also like to have your input via testing to make sure we are achieving what you want in your pen.

I got on your list, how will I know when it is my turn? 

When we are ready for the next name on the list we will call out that name.  If nobody comes when called we move on to the next name on the list.  We do have people that put their cell number next to their name so they do not get passed over.

If I buy a pen from you, do I have to get on the list to have a custom grind?

No.  If you purchase a pen from us and want a stub grind, you will be the next person to sit with Linda once she finishes with the current person she is working with.

I want to buy some ink and paper but you are busy working on a pen, what do I do?
Most of the time when you see us at our table we are happily engrossed in our work.  This does not mean we are not approachable.  You are more than welcome to interrupt Mike.  Linda can be interrupted as well but not when she has a nib to the grinder.  We actually enjoy talking with people as we work.

Can you adjust for different types of paper?

Yes, please bring with you the paper you wish to have the pen tuned for.

What happens if you do not get through your list by the end of the day?

There are many times we have worked until they kick us out of the room.  But, there is always tomorrow, unless it is the last day of the show.  Before the show starts the next day we will put out a new list and start all over.  The list fills up quickly, so it is best to get on it early.

Do you break down early on Sunday?
No.  We usually stay that night and start our travels back to our studio the next day, so breaking down early does not make sense.

Do you have "Call Ahead Seating"?

You need to be present at the show to have your name on our work list.