A fix for fountain pens
Ill quills? The Fountain Pen Hospital, located in the Monument Antique Market of the Craig Flinner Gallery, 505 N. Charles St., cares for ailing inky patients. Pen expert Michael Quitt admits vintage pens for repair and restoration jobs. Customers may drop off pens during the Monument Antique Market's business hours -- 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays and until 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. Mr. Quitt will then call with an estimate. He also will make appointments to meet with customers directly. Call Mr. Quitt at (410) 664-3042, or leave a message at the Monument Antique Market, (410) 727-1863.
Give it a whirl
The whirligig has been modernized by designers Jane Corbus and Jeff Crew of Amazing Wind Machines Inc. The pair have updated the traditional American craft with new designs, materials and mechanical details. Their line of handcrafted products includes hanging wind-readers and crank-operated door knockers as well as the whirligigs. The machines are propeller-driven and can be displayed indoors or outside. Prices range from $90 for a humpback whale to $760 for a snapping lobster. For brochures and order forms, write to Amazing Wind Machines Inc., P.O. Box 619, 410 Great Road, Littleton, Mass. 01460, or call (508) 952-2889.