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Has Anyone Heard Of Henry Simpole?


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#61 GeorgeWP

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Posted 08 November 2009 - 12:00

PM sent with links. Darned board won't let me upload a scan of what I have in mind.


No problem - got them OK - PM'd you back.

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Posted 08 November 2009 - 13:02

Got it. Thanks muchly!

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 01:38

Wow GhostPlane, this is going to be something special to watch if it gets made - what a challenge - and what a delight for all of us!!! I love the idea of having a prayer in my hand every time I use a pen - !!!!!
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Posted 10 November 2009 - 02:51

Just one of those ideas that gets into your head. I've got to have a serious look at my pen collection to see what can make room to make this happen.

Still at the knocking around to see what's feasible stage. Once that's established, it'll be down to serious designs. I'll have to get with folks who know calligraphy and figure if an entire verse will fit, or just one line. Then there's the artistic side - keeping it legible, but pretty.

My faith teaches that art is a form of worship. If we do this, I know Henry's part definitely will qualify! Just have to make sure the design/verse I give him is worthy.

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 04:12

After studying his site and all the examples of his work - including the initials of people he includes in the delicate scrollwork - I am really looking forward to seeing what eventuates. Even those three letters that say it all would be wonderful - and imagine holding "God" in your hand!!!! Without knowing your Faith - I'm sure I'm not offending by using that name.........we all worship him - whatever name given by our Faith.
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Posted 10 November 2009 - 04:37

Well done, GP! I'm sure that you will keep us posted.

Chris - Yes, maybe I will incorporate the word 'God' in my next Henry Simpole bespoke!

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Posted 10 November 2009 - 04:59

I wonder if he could make a limited run of these???
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Posted 10 November 2009 - 18:05

I'm Baha'i. Anyone who wants to discuss with me offline, let's not violate board rules with religious discussions. I'm open to God, Allah, or whatever you call the Creator in your language.

But back to the pen design, I think between Henry's artistic talents, the lovely calligraphy of the three languages [Farsi, Arabic, or English] I'm looking at, and the various symbols of my faith, we should be able to come up with something lovely. Even the background color of the pen can carry symbolism, so it's something to think about as well.

Chris, I think you're onto something. Henry might be able to make runs out of several of our ideas. I think it would be a lovely thing to share with the world's pen lovers.

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 06:33

Hi GhostPlane and George!

I wonder if when George goes to see Henry (lucky thing!) soon, he could ask him about this possibility - and I would also like George to tell Henry that I've done the Tendril conversion to an ED - with just using silicone on the threads at the barrel end joint - and have filled it with Herbin Violette Pensee...........yipee!
I'm so looking forward to the report of this visit - and the photos too!
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Posted 12 November 2009 - 08:11

Chris

Hoping to get over to Henry this week-end - waiting for him to confirm.
Yes, of course I will ask him about that possibility - will get back to you on it, and I will pass on your message to him.

Watch this space.

George

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 09:33

Thank you so much George! Do not forget your camera!!!
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Posted 12 November 2009 - 09:36

Thank you so much George! Do not forget your camera!!!


Could I dare !

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Posted 12 November 2009 - 11:07

Welllllllllllllll? Here's your hat - what's your hurry???
I hope you have a great time when you do get to visit him!
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Posted 12 November 2009 - 11:50

Oh to be there! Can't wait to hear everything you see and hear and experience.

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Posted 13 November 2009 - 23:17

I wonder if he could make a limited run of these???


I'd be interested. The idea of a pen inscribed with different evocations of God, Allah, etc is a great one, especially in these times when there is so much distrust about other people's religions by uninformed people. {Hope this doesn't offend anyone!]

I admired Chris's enviable Simpoles at the melbourne pen show. They are beautiful. I nearly brought one on the spot from the CS stand, but fortunately I don't look as if I have that much money to impulsively spend, so they didn't pay much attention to me, so I didn't. More fools them for losing a sale. I would now buy directly from Henry Simpole. OK, stop fooling myself. I will buy directly from Henry Simpole.
Warm Regards, Miranda


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Posted 14 November 2009 - 12:37

Hmmm. Looks like we may have started something. I can't wait to hear back.

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Posted 14 November 2009 - 16:16

Hi Guys

I am going to see Henry tomorrow morning - I will have a word with him about this. What exactly do you have in mind? Is it a pen with an overlay having the various names of God in different languages?
I would think that Henry would like a little direction on what is envisaged. I am sure that many things are possible but obviously the more complicated the design becomes the more work has to go into it and hence the cost increases.
Let me have some positive design ideas and descriptions and I will bring them up with him and report back.

George

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Posted 14 November 2009 - 16:55

I'll let the others pick up the God design and carry on with mine, for now. I suspect watching my process will provide inspiration. Once Henry and I settle on something, I'm more than happy to share the design with others if there's interest. I'm not after exclusivity but a masterpiece I can use the rest of my life and would be thrilled to know others loved it as much and wanted one.

I view my process as:
1] discover what's possible [where we are now]
2] choose the prayer and/or symbol[s]
3] work with Henry's artistic talent to come up with a final design
4] quote out what it'll take in time and cost/materials
5] acquire the dosh & hand it over
6] turn Henry loose and await the masterpiece

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Posted 14 November 2009 - 17:27

I'll let the others pick up the God design and carry on with mine, for now. I suspect watching my process will provide inspiration. Once Henry and I settle on something, I'm more than happy to share the design with others if there's interest. I'm not after exclusivity but a masterpiece I can use the rest of my life and would be thrilled to know others loved it as much and wanted one.

I view my process as:
1] discover what's possible [where we are now]
2] choose the prayer and/or symbol[s]
3] work with Henry's artistic talent to come up with a final design
4] quote out what it'll take in time and cost/materials
5] acquire the dosh & hand it over
6] turn Henry loose and await the masterpiece


Well planned out Ghost - the question wasn't meant for you as I think you know, I am aware of the seeds of your idea. I will show them to Henry tomorrow and start the process off towards fruition at no 1) above.
It was the other idea that has been mooted here - I can suggest it to Henry, but he will need to have something a little bit less airey if he is to say whether or not it is possible.

George

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Posted 14 November 2009 - 18:03

[size="5"]Henry Simpole is not only a gentleman and scrupulously honest trader, he is also an outstanding creative artist.
It should be emphasised that each of his lovely pens is an individual work to which many many hours have been devoted. Hour for hour he is underpaid.

His knowledge of the Art Nouveau period and such artists as Mucha provide the basis for the designs, each of which begin with many sketches and research. His skill with the sterling silver (and sometimes mixtures of yellow, white and red gold) is that of th dedicated craftsman. Above all he has the eye and self-discipline of the artist.

For anyone considering the purchase of a Henry Simpole pen I'll add that they always increase in value and as well as being a joy for the present are an asset for the future.

I have no commercial connection with Mr Simpole - just a happy customer over many years.

Solitaire
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Posted 14 November 2009 - 23:49


I'll let the others pick up the God design and carry on with mine, for now. I suspect watching my process will provide inspiration. Once Henry and I settle on something, I'm more than happy to share the design with others if there's interest. I'm not after exclusivity but a masterpiece I can use the rest of my life and would be thrilled to know others loved it as much and wanted one.

I view my process as:
1] discover what's possible [where we are now]
2] choose the prayer and/or symbol[s]
3] work with Henry's artistic talent to come up with a final design
4] quote out what it'll take in time and cost/materials
5] acquire the dosh & hand it over
6] turn Henry loose and await the masterpiece


Well planned out Ghost - the question wasn't meant for you as I think you know, I am aware of the seeds of your idea. I will show them to Henry tomorrow and start the process off towards fruition at no 1) above.
It was the other idea that has been mooted here - I can suggest it to Henry, but he will need to have something a little bit less airey if he is to say whether or not it is possible.

George


I don't know if this is less airey. My approach is:
1] get inspired by idea
2] find someone you trust to do the research and design, in this case Ghost Plane
3] commit to purchase
4] wait
5] get extremely excited when pen arrives

'Economy of scale' was a main idea. I would have thought the price of each individual pen may be a bit less if a design is used for more than one. That means that Ghost Plane benefits from our jumping on the wagon. That is, if five, six ten or whatever commit to purchase, it becomes a limited series.

The most important aspect to me is the sense of community: to have a pen crafted by Henry Simpole himself that is owned internationally by people whom I regard as friends. It doesn't matter if what Ghostplane chooses isn't what i'd chose, it matters that it is meaningful to her, and that the spiritual message is global, or better still, universal. [And i have no desire to chose my own text/words. I'm far too indecisive for that. It would take an eternity!
Warm Regards, Miranda


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Posted 15 November 2009 - 01:02



I'll let the others pick up the God design and carry on with mine, for now. I suspect watching my process will provide inspiration. Once Henry and I settle on something, I'm more than happy to share the design with others if there's interest. I'm not after exclusivity but a masterpiece I can use the rest of my life and would be thrilled to know others loved it as much and wanted one.

I view my process as:
1] discover what's possible [where we are now]
2] choose the prayer and/or symbol[s]
3] work with Henry's artistic talent to come up with a final design
4] quote out what it'll take in time and cost/materials
5] acquire the dosh & hand it over
6] turn Henry loose and await the masterpiece


Well planned out Ghost - the question wasn't meant for you as I think you know, I am aware of the seeds of your idea. I will show them to Henry tomorrow and start the process off towards fruition at no 1) above.
It was the other idea that has been mooted here - I can suggest it to Henry, but he will need to have something a little bit less airey if he is to say whether or not it is possible.

George


I don't know if this is less airey. My approach is:
1] get inspired by idea
2] find someone you trust to do the research and design, in this case Ghost Plane
3] commit to purchase
4] wait
5] get extremely excited when pen arrives

'Economy of scale' was a main idea. I would have thought the price of each individual pen may be a bit less if a design is used for more than one. That means that Ghost Plane benefits from our jumping on the wagon. That is, if five, six ten or whatever commit to purchase, it becomes a limited series.

The most important aspect to me is the sense of community: to have a pen crafted by Henry Simpole himself that is owned internationally by people whom I regard as friends. It doesn't matter if what Ghostplane chooses isn't what i'd chose, it matters that it is meaningful to her, and that the spiritual message is global, or better still, universal. [And i have no desire to chose my own text/words. I'm far too indecisive for that. It would take an eternity!



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Posted 15 November 2009 - 01:09

Miranda, I'm honored. It would be delicious to spread unity between us via our beloved fountain pens.

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 01:13

Sorry, George, I am being extremely rude here. I was dealing with this in the abstract. I sincerely thank you for taking this idea to Henry, and for your time in general. It may have seemed a bit too pushy, and I apologise. From what Chris Chalmers and Soki have told me about this man, and from seeing his pens, I would be honoured to have a special pen if he were to make it.
Warm Regards, Miranda


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Posted 15 November 2009 - 09:42

Sorry, George, I am being extremely rude here. I was dealing with this in the abstract. I sincerely thank you for taking this idea to Henry, and for your time in general. It may have seemed a bit too pushy, and I apologise. From what Chris Chalmers and Soki have told me about this man, and from seeing his pens, I would be honoured to have a special pen if he were to make it.


No problem Miranda. All I wanted to do was to clarify in my own mind what had been developing here as I wasn't really sure what was being proposed by the various contributors, other than Ghost Plane.
Leaving to see Henry in an hour.

Will report back later with pics.

George

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Posted 15 November 2009 - 12:40

Waiting in gleeful anticipation.

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 01:30

Me two!!! and too!!! and 222!!!
How did it go George - eh George???
Did you have morning tea and biscuits?
Did you take your camera???
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Posted 16 November 2009 - 09:21

Sorry to have kept you waiting so long.
Had some other commitments yesterday afternoon after visiting Henry and also having problems with connection through the usb port on my computer meant that I couldn’t download the photographs from my wife’s camera, so had to download to her laptop and transfer from there.
So I am posting up something here before I start work for the day.
We spent 3 hours with Henry, and let me tell you it seemed like about 10 minutes. Chris, I had coffee and biscuits (don’t drink tea) and I gave him your message.
We spoke about so much – seriously, Henry should write an autobiography, he has been into so many interesting things.
Where to start? OK – I think that I will have to split some of the narrative and pictures between a few posts – like a serial – I don’t mean to tease you all, but putting it all in one post will be quite a feat.
On Sunday morning, Henry contacted me and said that if I had anything that needed a bit of repair, I should bring it with me. Some time back I bought my 9 year old daughter a cute little Parker 17 Lady that she used for a while and then dropped, bending the nib and after that had tried to straighten it. I took this along together with a Swan Mabie Todd lever filler that I had got recently that needed to be re-saced. So after the coffee and biscuits and opening pleasantries Henry asked me for the pens and said that he would work on them while we talked. I found out that he went to the same school that my daughter attends – Forest School in Snaresbrook. That probably won’t mean much to you, but it is a private school on the edge of Epping Forest and Henry attended as a boarder. My daughter is currently at the Prep school there. This year is Forest School’s 175th anniversary and Henry has a project going in connection with that - more of which in a later post.
True to character, Henry would not take payment for the work he did on the pens.
In the following pictures you will see Henry at his work desk doing the work on Sarah’s P17 Lady also take note of the converted TV cabinet that Henry has used to mount his grinding and buffing wheels – great bit of re-cycling.

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Henry working on Sarah's P17 Lady

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Henry buffing Sarah's P17 Lady in his cabinet


Earlier in this thread, Truffle Hunter, who is a close friend of Henry’s, said that Henry had only just got to grips with the technological age – this is quite true, he has only had his first computer for a matter of months. He is aware of this thread and he told me that he had been lurking on it after I had told him that I had started it. I can tell you that he is overawed by the comments.
I have lots more to tell, and I am sure that Henry will not mind me sharing our conversations – so watch this space for more.

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 09:26

Sorry - having a bit of trouble with tghe pics - first time I have used Picasa to add them and not thinking straight.
These are bigger:

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Hope these turned out better.

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 09:33

Ghost - I spoke with Henry about your project and he thinks that it will work out.
I have a couple of things for you to look at that I will send over to you backchannel.


Ghost - Chris - Miranda: Henry was also quite happy with the suggestion that others could join in on this project to help offset the production costs. He said that the shortest run, in order to make any appreciable difference in cost, would be six.

More pics coming - next instalment this evening.

George