His Web site, a business necessity these days, welcomes visitors with a signature as distinguished as the world's most famous, John Hancock. The Capital Region's Anthony Ruscitto, eschews the pixel and the digital world that runs our lives, in favor of the distinguished, timeless craft of penmanship. He turns back the clock with custom crafted pens that celebrate the hand-written note or letter over the digital text or tweet.
I prefer the pen. There is something elemental about the glide and flow of nib and ink on paper.--James Robertson The Testament of Gideon Mack
The artist's interest in woodworking and crafts began as a child, watching the New Yankee Workshop with the legendary Norm Abrams on PBS. "I was especially interested in his work on the lathe and thought, 'I want to do that, too!'"
The art of putting pen to paper encourages pause for thought. This, in turn, makes us think more deeply about life, which helps us regain our equilibrium.--Norbet Platt
Anthony, a member of the Northeastern Woodworkers Association, hand crafts each of his pens.
Raw materials include wood: mahogony, African zebra wood, or a tree that fell in a backyard. For other tastes, there are materials such as rodium and titanium. "Properly sanded and polished, a pen can last 50 years!" Anthony says. Perhaps his most unique raw material? A Jack Daniels whiskey barrel.
The artist evinces great pride in his work, and hopes his customers feel similarly. "Write something quickly on a computer, delete it, and it's gone. By hand writing, you think more deliberately and your words remain in some form...even crossed out."