Hello Folks, Sorry to say that this topic is getting to be a pain. The main reason I do not post very often, if at all, these days is simply that I do not have too much time to spare for various reasons that I need not and do not intend to air to any great extent here.
I prefer to spend what time I have working but it seems that I need to say something on this topic. This will be my only post on this subject and I will not get involved in any discussions either here in thread or backchannel................
I am well aware that I cannot stop links being posted, published or otherwise made available on the internet.
I can however choose which e-mails to answer. I would however prefer not to spend time having to read and answer mail that is asking questions that have been dealt with numerous time online, not just by me but by many other repairers, nib specialists or whoever, not once but numerous times
I will happily answer e-mails from referred clients so if you have been referred please mention from whom, or from whence, this referral came.
If you already have my e-mail address please use it with the same respect as I treat yours when I have it. ..if you do not treat my e-mail with respect you will be ignored, if you get to be a pain you will be blocked....this is based on past experience...trolls are not just a mythical silicone based life form.
The reason I do not change this address is that it is the one the family and friends use, why should they, or I, have to change something that has been the way is it for years. Before I, almost accidentally, started nibwork as a business, it was for decades a hobby, it was fun, there were a few clients, there was no need to use a separate address. I have always treated, and still do my best to treat, every client as a one off, an individual who gets all of my attention and skills, such as they are, applied to their problem, and also address myself to their questions if they are newcomers to pens, or have never had any specialist work carried out, in short I try to treat them as people.
I will, and do, answer PMs. Once in a while a forwarded PM may get lost in the mass of incoming mail, for those I have not answered for this reason I can only apologise.
Answering the PMs may take me some time as...
a) I travel a fair bit on business, when dealing with anything I tend to concentrate on what I am doing, rather than spend time browsing online. When travelling on business I do not to take any devices with me other than my mobile, which i use to make calls.
On the rare occasions that I get chance to travel for pleasure I do not spend time looking at my incoming business mail, those who need to get hold of me can do so, everyone else can wait until I return home.
c) I can be intensely busy, 16 hour days are not uncommon.
d) I get intense migraine episodes from time to time, nothing other than breathing is done during these episodes.
e) I have family caring commitments that take time.
f) Once in a while I need to take some time out.
I fit the nib work between these constraints and give it my complete attention.
The same reasons for delays apply to e-mails. BTW, For those who may take the time to look, or can be bothered to look, my e-mail address is available on FPN, it has been there all the time. I do not intend to post my e-mail address again and I would ask others not to do so. If I give you my address then feel free to use it.....If you find it then if you need to, use it don't abuse it.
Please do not bombard me with repeats of the same mail, if I have not answered within 14 days then a gentle reminder is fine, before that it is just cluttering up my inbox. If it is a question that you would like answered then look through FPN's previous posts before mailing me you may well find the answer to your question there.
Seriously folks, please note that it is not possible, without re-tipping, to turn an EF into a BB, and yes, I have been asked that more than once.
Turning a BB into a Fine is possible but extremely time consuming and so very, very expensive.
If I decline to take on a job then that is my choice, it is not a personal insult to you although I am not obliged to give reasons I usually will.
If you ask my opinion, please bear in mind I may well have one that does not match yours, I am not bound to give you the answer that you want, nor am I going to get involved in a long discussion.
As I make clear at pen shows, I do my best to be polite, and ask you to do the same.....please remember that you approached me in my own time and space, I did not approach you.
I am sorry if this seems to be a rant, or an unnecessary chewing out of the vast majority of FPN members who are polite and reasonable and for whom I have nothing but liking and respect but......... when I attract more attention b not posting anything than I did when I posted on an almost daily basis then something needed to be done.
This should also reassure those on FPN Facebook who were doubting that I existed at all. :-)
Back to the grindstone.