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#1 GeorgeWP

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 15:20

I was at the WES pen show in London yesterday and had the privilege and pleasure of meeting Henry Simpole. He is a really nice guy and amazingly unassuming.He actually met up with a number of other FPN members who were attending as well.
For those of you who have never seen or handled one of his pens, I can tell you that they are eye popping. I saw and handled all his pens including the CS Great Exhibition.
Now to the heading of this thread.
When I met him and shook hands, I told him that I knew of him, and he asked where and how I had come across his name. I said that I was a member of the FPN and that I had read about him there among other places. He then said to me “When you are on the FPN next time, would you mind mentioning my name” and I said “Not at all, why” he replied “Well, it is nice to get my name around so that people will know who I am.”
To which I replied “What! You are a living legend – there are people on the FPN all around the world that would happily sell their Grandmothers to get their hands on one of your pens”. See what I mean about him being unassuming.
Worst of all, I found out that I live only about 2 miles from where he is located.
So, for those of you who have really never heard of Henry Simpole – I am doing what he asked me to do, and mentioning his name. More power to you Henry.
Check him out here

http://www.henrysimpole.com/

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 15:28

I am absolutely certain that a lot of the overlay fans here know about mr. Simpole.

Furthermore, there was an article on page 6 in no. 84 (spring 2009) of "Journal of the Writing Equipment Society" about him and his work, so at least all FPN members who are also WES members know about him.
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Posted 05 October 2009 - 15:37

I met him at the Portobello Road market, and bought from him a vintage Parker Duofold (at a good price for the European standard). He is a gentleman.

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 15:39

I was one of the woefully uninformed until this post. Now I'm drooling all over my keyboard. Thanks for following up on his request.
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Posted 05 October 2009 - 15:57

I am absolutely certain that a lot of the overlay fans here know about mr. Simpole.

Furthermore, there was an article on page 6 in no. 84 (spring 2009) of "Journal of the Writing Equipment Society" about him and his work, so at least all FPN members who are also WES members know about him.


Thanks for the reply zerobuttons, but the topic title is meant to be ironic.

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 15:58

I was one of the woefully uninformed until this post. Now I'm drooling all over my keyboard. Thanks for following up on his request.


If you are drooling over the pictures penspouse, you would be lost if you saw the real thing.

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 16:22

I met Mr. Simpole and saw his work at the 2008 DC Pen Show. I nearly fainted from the overwhelming beauty.
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Posted 05 October 2009 - 16:43

I met him at the Portobello Road market, and bought from him a vintage Parker Duofold (at a good price for the European standard). He is a gentleman.

Alfredo



Couldn't agree more.

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 16:50

I was blissfully ignorant until your post - now I will obsessed by these pens forevermore - WoW ! i am not sure about my grandmother but I sure wish that I had been either born to money or had a high enough paying job so that I could order a "Henry Simpole" model of his pens. Pure artistry - and I want the nob that's on the Home page of his website too! Looks like a fine stub! I'll dream of these tonight!

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 16:54

I was blissfully ignorant until your post - now I will obsessed by these pens forevermore - WoW ! i am not sure about my grandmother but I sure wish that I had been either born to money or had a high enough paying job so that I could order a "Henry Simpole" model of his pens. Pure artistry - and I want the nob that's on the Home page of his website too! Looks like a fine stub! I'll dream of these tonight!


I handled that pen with the stonking stub nib, and it made my knees go weak.

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 17:02

His work and pens have been discussed quite a bit on the Conway Stewart forum.

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 17:05

It is truly delightful to hear of people who are at the utter pinnacle of their chosen profession yet are still sufficiently down-to-earth that they either aren't aware of the extent of their fame, or nevertheless have sufficient humility to be aware of how transitory such fame can be, or both. How pleasant to be able to associate Simpole's name not only with masterful overlaying techniques but also with good manners. He sounds like a gentleman, indeed.

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 17:09

Henry seemed genuinely surprised when I asked to shake his hand, he is both a consummate master of his craft and gentleman (a tricky double act to manage, but he does so with an entirely guileless charm). Carrie and I spent a short while speaking with him and he was astonished that his reputation was widespread on this board and in the wider pen world.

Here are a few poorly rendered shots of his exquisite work, please trust me that to get the full effect, you really have to see them yourself.

Some that he brought to the show.
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A gargantuan piece (the Lamy 2000 is mine and is just there to provide a measure of scale).
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Henry Simpole (taken with his kind permission).
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It is my aim to commission a very special piece from Henry in the not too distant future.
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Posted 05 October 2009 - 18:03

Henry seemed genuinely surprised when I asked to shake his hand, he is both a consummate master of his craft and gentleman (a tricky double act to manage, but he does so with an entirely guileless charm). Carrie and I spent a short while speaking with him and he was astonished that his reputation was widespread on this board and in the wider pen world.

Here are a few poorly rendered shots of his exquisite work, please trust me that to get the full effect, you really have to see them yourself.

Some that he brought to the show.
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A gargantuan piece (the Lamy 2000 is mine and is just there to provide a measure of scale).
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Henry Simpole (taken with his kind permission).
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It is my aim to commission a very special piece from Henry in the not too distant future.


Yes IANAN I think that I told you that I was surprised too at how much humility he had and how unaware he was of his fame and reputation. Well deserved in my opinion and couldn't be attached to a nicer man.
Let me know when you have commissioned your piece - I would love to see it. I am figuing out ways of buying a piece from him at the moment as I think you may have guessed from my postings on the Clubs forum. Just have to convince my wife that this is a really essential purchase.

George

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 19:00

I'm sure anyone who visits the Conway Stewart forum will have seen photographs of Henry's work. I got to see the Great Exhibition pen on the CS stand at the Northern Show a few years ago and until yesterday that was the only example I'd ever seen. I could have just stood and stared at all the impossibly beautiful pens, but it would have been rude to just spend the whole show doing that. I was well and truly taken with both pens on the right of IANAN's photo as well as another casein one which he didn't photograph.

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 19:13

His work and pens have been discussed quite a bit on the Conway Stewart forum.



It sure has - hence the "toungue in cheek" title of this topic. henry is completely unaware of his fame.

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 19:15

Thanks for telling us about him, he deserves more recognition, is that a cross century ballpoint in his pocket?

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Posted 05 October 2009 - 19:29

is that a cross century ballpoint in his pocket?


Most definitely! I recall a conversation we had at the last WES AGM about ballpen refills (amongst other things). I'm no ballpen fan, as I have mentioned once or twice, but HS will only use Cross as he regards them as the best available.

BTW, I have bought a few vintage pens from him and his prices were very reasonable.

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 08:37

Thanks for the reply zerobuttons, but the topic title is meant to be ironic.

That was unfair.... :blush:
Well, it seems that you actually did manage to make a few members, who were uninitiated in the world of overlay, aware of mr Simpole´s work with this thread.
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Posted 07 October 2009 - 08:59


Thanks for the reply zerobuttons, but the topic title is meant to be ironic.

That was unfair.... :blush:
Well, it seems that you actually did manage to make a few members, who were uninitiated in the world of overlay, aware of mr Simpole´s work with this thread.


Sorry about that zerobuttons.
Perhaps I should have headed the thread "Henry Simpole thinks he is unknown".
Yes, his work is truly beautiful and I am pleased that I have managed to spread some word on the work of this truly modest craftsman.

Incidentally, if anyone reading this is in Central London tomorrow or Friday, Henry is taking part in an ehibition at the Goldsmith's Hall, where his work will be on display. It will be well worth a visit, if you have the time to spare.

George

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 12:26

I'm so glad someone posted some photos of Henry and his pens!!!
I have three..........but no bespoke - although you could say my vermeil Tendril is near enough bespoke!
He is indeed a man with talent.
I hear the exhibition at the Goldsmiths Hall is going very well.
Keep it up Henry...the world needs more like you.:D
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Posted 07 October 2009 - 13:54

For me, Henry Simpole = awesome Conway Stewart overlays. Must have been quite the experience meeting him!

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 13:59

I have three..........but no bespoke - although you could say my vermeil Tendril is near enough bespoke!


Can't get enough of a good thing eh!
Tell me Chris, so you use them, or keep them on display.
If you use them - tell us what it is like to write with them.

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 14:08

For me, Henry Simpole = awesome Conway Stewart overlays. Must have been quite the experience meeting him!


It is.
Quite a few of the FPN members at the London Show met up with him - not just me.
He is a super guy, so modest and quiet, very friendly and willing to speak about his pens and the work that goes into them without the slightest hint of superiority or bigheadedness - a very rare person indeed considering his (unknown to him) standing. As I mentioned before he couldn't quite get to grips with the fact that he was so well known.
I hope that you get the chance to shake his hand sometime.

George

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 18:03

I happened to be in London a few years ago and brought a special overlay pen to Henry for repair. He did a wonderful job on it. It was a pleasure to meet Henry. He seemed genuinely surprised that some guy from California knew he could repair an overlay pen.

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Posted 07 October 2009 - 18:59

I happened to be in London a few years ago and brought a special overlay pen to Henry for repair. He did a wonderful job on it. It was a pleasure to meet Henry. He seemed genuinely surprised that some guy from California knew he could repair an overlay pen.


Yes Paul, to me, as well as it seems, to a lot of other people, it is incredible that he isn't aware of his fame.
This thread, as you have probably gathered, is my tongue in cheek tribute to that.
It is a great pity that there aren't more people in this world that have that kind of humility.
After coming in contact with various big-heads who very often know very little, or have limited talents and are so full of themselves, it is so refreshing to meet a person like Henry.

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 05:42


I have three..........but no bespoke - although you could say my vermeil Tendril is near enough bespoke!


Can't get enough of a good thing eh!
Tell me Chris, so you use them, or keep them on display.
If you use them - tell us what it is like to write with them.

George


Hi George!

Do I use them?????????!!
Yes! The smallest is the Parker Acanthus Leaf that Henry made as an LE for Simon at Battersea Pen Home - it has a fine italic factory nib that is very sweet - I was a snob about modern Parkers until I tried this one.
The next is the CS Simpole with a CS Medium italic - and I use this pen as an ED - it has never been dry since it landed - filled with Diamine Sapphire - and perfectly wonderful writer.
Then I asked for a Tendril from Henry's site - he only made six of them with silver overlay, and had sold the last one the day before I emailed, so he rang me (so sweet) and agreed to make me a vermeil Tendril - with another CS medium italic - same class of writing........absolutely huge pens - the largest in my whole collection, but perfectly balanced and I write and write with these.........used every day! Go ahead and get yourself one - you won't be sorry - I promise!!! The only reason I haven't asked for others is that I would somehow feel guilty about giving these three competition - if that makes sense!!! I really envy you living so close - but maybe being in Tasmania makes my life easier..........or I'd be on his doorstep all the time!! edited to correct spelling!

Edited by Chris Chalmers, 08 October 2009 - 05:44.

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Posted 08 October 2009 - 07:14

Hi George!

Do I use them?????????!!
Yes! The smallest is the Parker Acanthus Leaf that Henry made as an LE for Simon at Battersea Pen Home - it has a fine italic factory nib that is very sweet - I was a snob about modern Parkers until I tried this one.
The next is the CS Simpole with a CS Medium italic - and I use this pen as an ED - it has never been dry since it landed - filled with Diamine Sapphire - and perfectly wonderful writer.
Then I asked for a Tendril from Henry's site - he only made six of them with silver overlay, and had sold the last one the day before I emailed, so he rang me (so sweet) and agreed to make me a vermeil Tendril - with another CS medium italic - same class of writing........absolutely huge pens - the largest in my whole collection, but perfectly balanced and I write and write with these.........used every day! Go ahead and get yourself one - you won't be sorry - I promise!!! The only reason I haven't asked for others is that I would somehow feel guilty about giving these three competition - if that makes sense!!! I really envy you living so close - but maybe being in Tasmania makes my life easier..........or I'd be on his doorstep all the time!! edited to correct spelling!


Thanks Chris.
I often wondered about that. I know that Henry produces his pens to be used, but I can also understand people not doing that and just having them on display.
After reading you wax so lyrical about them, I want one even more - especially with those nibs!
My wife is going to Goldsmiths Hall today and taking a work colleague (also an FP user) to see Henry's work.

George

Edited by MYU, 24 January 2010 - 20:50.


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Posted 08 October 2009 - 08:11

Hi George,

I'm so envious!!! I would love to shake Henry's hand. Actually, I would love to give him a big hug :)

I can't wait to get my bespoke. On top of that, Bryant has found me a CS Simpole, so you can understand my excitement!

Thanks for starting this thread!

Regards,
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Posted 08 October 2009 - 08:19

Hi George,

I'm so envious!!! I would love to shake Henry's hand. Actually, I would love to give him a big hug :)

I can't wait to get my bespoke. On top of that, Bryant has found me a CS Simpole, so you can understand my excitement!

Thanks for starting this thread!

Regards,
Soki


Hi Soki

Glad that you have enjoyed the thread. I must admit that I have.

I am sure your pens will live up to expectation and beyond - enjoy using them.

George