To all of you who are going or contemplating going on Friday's trip to Edison Pens, following is an email I received from Brian Gray. He has kindly provided some tips for the easiest driving route plus is again expressing his willingness to show us, tell us, or do whatever we want.
See you Friday!
Friday at 1:00 is great! Essentially, I’ve slated off the entire day, so my morning will just be catch up stuff…no tasks with deadlines. So everyone can be a little early, a little late, it’s all good.
I’m sure that you have this, but our address is...
Edison Pen Co
10319 Wikel Rd
Huron, OH 44839
From the north side of Columbus, I’d say it’s about 2 hours, maybe a touch less. I’d recommend taking 71 to Mansfield. Then 13 straight up. Once you get a tiny town called “Olena”, you’ll take Milan/Greenwich Rd (Route 601). At this point, you’ll be on backroads the rest of the trip, but it’s the fastest way. I recommend taking Milan/Greenwich Road (601) rather than staying on 13 going through Norwalk. From here, Google maps or GPS should get you the rest of the way.
I don’t recommend taking Route 61 or Route 4. That’s small highways the whole way and kind of tedious.
We are in the middle of nowhere, as you’ll see when approaching our facility. The building says “Dan Mar” on the front, as this is the business that previously here, and we’re only using a portion of the building. To the left of the front entrance, you’ll see a door with an “Edison Pen Co.” sign on it. We’ll be there! There is plenty of parking.
Right now, the plan is…..
Meet our team
Answer any initial questions
Tour of our facility along with a walkthrough of our entire processes as a “Dry Run”. In other words, I’ll just walk through our process, answer questions as they arise, but not build anything.
Then I would like to show everyone a Menlo Draw Filler from start to finish as the “Real Run". So we’ll go from raw acrylic to a finished pen. Answer questions.
I will do nib work on the Menlo, but I know that a member has a Pearl ordered that he will pick up at the visit. I will sit down to demonstrate his nib work as well.
This is what I have in mind. Just a normal tour wouldn’t be worth everyone’s time considering the drive, and I’d rather that this is something the members remember and find truly valuable.
But of course, I am property of the Pen Club that day! So I’m wide open to suggestions for other things that we can do, or what I can show the club. Really it’s a wide open day. My team and I are at your disposal! :)
I truly look forward to meeting the group. I’m sure that I already know a lot of the members or have certainly met some at the Ohio Show. But truly, this is the first successful pen club in Ohio that I am aware of, so I definitely appreciate the effort it takes to keep something like this running. We’ll be sure that Friday is an excellent day!