Inkwell to scroll, castle to doorway,
Don't delay, send a raven today
Why send a generic text or an email when you can send an imposing memo by a good old fashioned wax sealed scroll? Everything is taken much more seriously when the message has to be unfurled with two hands.
Deliver your custom message scribed in calligraphy on lush paper, rolled and sealed with red wax!
“I wanted to tell you how impressed my husband and I were with the product you made. What a unique product!
You can definitely tell that high quality materials were used and that the scrolls were custom made, rather than mass produced. I will be framing them, and the scrolls will definitely be decor that we will be proud to have displayed in our home.
Thank you so much for your hard work and the beautiful products that you made.”
How It Works
Once you click Deliver A Message! a pop-up will appear for you to input all the details.
Fill in the recipient name and address, message, etc.
Proceed to check out, pay, and that’s it!
I’ll scribe your message and your custom raven dispatch will be off to delight and enchant your recipient.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who are you?
What is the point of all this?
Amidst all the technology and instant gratification we demand today, I love good old fashioned paper, writing and thoughtful communication. As a calligrapher, I love sharing the craft and value of the written word, and aim to make it more accessible to as many people as I can.
Plus, it’s always fun to receive snail mail, and who wouldn’t want to receive a mysterious communiqué in scroll form?!
How long can my message be?
As of now, ravens can carry up to 140 characters, or you can upgrade to 280. Yes, we’re taking inspiration from today’s social media bird (even though we think it’s a bluebird, not a raven).
For something longer or more specialized I offer custom commissions too.
I need message ideas. Send Help!
Send A Raven in lieu of traditional snail mail, like birthday cards, congratulatory messages, and more! Sexy love notes, hilarious would-be tweets, or a short hello to an old friend.
I personally love when Send A Raven is used ironically, communicating as you would in today's modern world with defiantly old-world solutions.
Or, use it for a more specific, custom purpose—I’ve helped summon groomsmen, invited people to backyard barbeques, and congratulated folks on life milestones with a charming scroll.
I'm not ready to Send a Raven. What do I do?
Tell me about the calligraphy.
Each message is personally hand-written by me using a pen and nib dipped in ink. Currently I offer a style of calligraphy known as Uncial. It is a majuscule script (only capital letters, this was before minuscules/lower-case letters were developed!) that dates back to the 4th century and was used by scribes around Europe and North Africa.
I chose uncial for Send a Raven due to its clearly historical look and feel. However it still affords legibility and easy comprehension for the contemporary reader.
In the future I might offer Blackletter (aka gothic), Carolingian and Copperplate scripts. Stay tuned!
What materials are used?
Messages are scribed in either walnut ink (brown) or iron gall ink (black), which are both traditional inks that have been used for centuries and are made from walnuts and oak galls respectively. While scribes of the past would have used a quill (made from bird flight feathers) for writing, my tool is a broad-edged steel nib attached to a holder, which is repeatedly dipped in ink the same way. No markers or fountain pen cartridges used here!
I am currently using white Stonehenge paper which features a beautiful deckled edge for that hand-torn, old-world look.
For the finishing touch, the paper is rolled up into a scroll and sealed with red wax. The design on the seal is a feather, which represents both raven and quill. The sealed scroll is packaged into a small cardboard tube so it won’t get crushed during shipping, er, flight.
How long before my raven is dispatched?
Ravens are dispatched every Friday, carrying message orders from the week and weekend before. Domestic messages will be delivered by USPS First-Class Package Raven which takes approximately 3 days. International Ravens hop aboard USPS First-Class Package International services.
If you require a rush order, or need to guarantee that your order arrives by a specific date, please contact me directly.