Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Pallet pencils

Making 1,000 pencils from pallet wood: a short video from Jackman Works.

Paul Jackman is ultra-adept at woodworking. But I think he’s less familiar with pencils. The question that begins the project: “Do people even use pencils anymore?” Heck, yeah.

But they don’t slam or throw their pencils around. That might crack the lead, leading to endless resharpening as new points break off, one after another. Remember Turkish Taffy?

Thanks, Ian, for letting me know about these pencils.

Related reading
All OCA pencil posts (Pinboard)

[For slamming and throwing, see 7:44 and 8:06 in the video. Note that this project doesn’t really contradict the claim that no single person knows how to make a pencil. The materials and tools are of course the work of others.]

comments: 2

Geo-B said...

I'm not sure I see the point of this. It's like carving a shoe out of a bar of soap. Just because something looks like a pencil, doesn't make it a pencil. A pencil is something precise (the tools of my trade). For instance, if the lead isn't precisely centered, you can't sharpen it. I too felt jarred at all the throwing around and banging. When I'm doing the grocery shopping and marking things off my list, I kind of jolt when I drop my pencil because the grocery floor almost always breaks the point.

Michael Leddy said...

I think making pencils as a solo project is kinda remarkable. But there’s no attention here to how well they write — I guess that’s not the point (sorry) when you’re making collector’s items.