We Visit our Italian Calligraphy Factory

We Visit our Italian Calligraphy Factory

We Visit our Italian Calligraphy Factory

First impressions of our feather quill dip pens are “Ye Old-Wolde” traditional England (think Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare). It is therefore quite surprising to know it is all made in Trecate, a little village outside of Milan.

Italian town of Trecate near Milan Image courtsey of of oknavara.it

During our recent visit, we discovered a small workshop where everything was finished by hand, and we wanted to share these pictures with you.

The factory was established about 60 years ago by Franca’s father (Franca can be seen in the background). Most of the workers are members of the family, or local to Trecate. Whilst some parts are sourced, everything is assembled by hand.

Inside the calligraphy workshop

Goose feathers are either spray-painted (silver and gold) or died and left to dry.

stacks of feathers

stacks of feathers 2

ink and Vat

The ink is stored in large Vats and poured by hand into small glass bottles. The ink and nibs are both sourced from England.