Tuesday, 15 March 2016


The International Association of Master Penmen, Engrosser's and Teachers of Handwriting

IAMPETH is an association for those who practise and who wish to learn the art of fine handwriting. It was founded in 1949 and is dedicated to the preservation and art of calligraphy, engrossing and fine penmanship. They are dedicated to helping all who wish to learn to improve their skills and they hold a week long convention every year during which some of the best calligraphers and penmen teach their craft. 

On their website they state that they have four goals, these are;
- To practise and teach the beautiful arts of calligraphy, engrossing and fine penmanship.
- To restore the teaching of penmanship in schools.
- To improve the handwriting of young people.
- To preserve and share with others the rich tradition of American penmanship.

The writing and artwork produced by the members of IAMPETH is visually stunning and very intricate, it is a beautiful art form and the level of skill is exceptionally high. 

Part of IAMPETH is the Master Penman Society which seeks to recognise those members who have achieved excellence in their craft. The master penman society has been running since 2001. 

There are currently only 12 master penmen in the entire world. Jake Weidmann is the youngest by thirty years.

In the past quality penmanship was a highly sought after skill, especially in business, and people would attend schools in which to learn this skill. Typically when graduating they would compose their own certificate as an example of their skill.

Penmen are still sought after now for their rarity and high level of skill. 

If you are interested in knowing more follow the link to their website;

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