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Only you can make Jim Woodring’s giant steel pen dreams come true!


The great fantasist/cartoonist Jim Woodring has only raised 49 percent of the $4500 he needs to construct a Giant Steel Dip Pen and Penholder which he will use to demonstrate art, cure cancer, open a portal to Vhoori, save Social Security and make kittens fly out of rainbows.

In this dimension, Woodring’s plans for the giant pen are equally noble:

The dip pen is a bit of fetish item for me (as it is for many pen users). The pen is extremely difficult to master but ultimately allows for an extraordinary degree of expression. The well-constructed pen and ink drawing is a monument to perseverance, requiring tremendous patience and control. I am thrilled by the challenge of creating such drawings in public and introducing new audiences to the allure of the medium. The pen (nib) itself will be approximately 16 inches long, made of steel and fully functional. The holder will be six feet long and made of wood with a metal sleeve insert to hold the pen. Nib and holder will resemble as closely as possible the actual implements on which they are based.

Once the pen and penholder are built I will train myself to ink with it; and once I’ve done that, I will arrange at least two public performances in which I will use the pen to ink large graphite drawings on 3′ x 5′ sheets of bristol.

The deadline for raising the funds is tomorrow. We have only a few precious hours left in which to save the world and make this pen happen. Will you tell your grandchildren you did not support the construction of a giant steel pen? Think about it!


  1. I’m saddened by how little response this has received. I went and donated as soon as I saw this and decided to leave the tab open in my browser, so that I could refresh periodically and see the amount rise. But it’s barely $100 higher than it was this morning.

    I would so love to see this come to fruition, but I can’t afford the additional 2 grand!

  2. Already been sorted out Torsten, watch it whole video, or check out the BoingBoing post on this a while back — he’s solve it!

  3. I’m sorry if this has already been dealt with, but couldn’t a person make one from scrap spring steel and a lathed wood dowel for about $200? Perhaps that can be Plan B, if insufficient funds are raised.

  4. Frankly, I’m relieved that this mad project won’t see fruition. No good could possibly come of tampering with such forces. It would probably result in summoning a cartoonist large enough to hold it in one hand, who would then proceed to scribble over our entire world for its own amusement. Don’t you see the danger, you fools? You FOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLSSSSSSSS…….!!!

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