About me



Hello! My name is Michael—

I am a professional musician and amateur penman living in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2015 I rediscovered a childhood love of handwriting, calligraphy, and lettering. Since that time I have developed a keen interest in the unique styles of penmanship that developed in American business colleges during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, a period often referred to as the “Golden Age of American Penmanship.”

I currently specialize in writing two script styles that flourished around the turn of the last century—a plain cursive style called Business Penmanship (of which the widely known "Palmer Method" is an example) and a more artistic, calligraphic script known as Ornamental Penmanship. I strive to execute these scripts using historical tools and techniques—a flexible steel nib and a free full-arm movement—while working to make my historical approach to learning accessible for the modern penman. My blog is intended as an educational resource for those interested in pursuing this fascinating period of American Penmanship.


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