Monday, February 7th, 2011

Fond Memory: Pencil Totem Poles

Stephanie

While looking over the entries for our Rhodia Leather Pencil Case/Pencils giveaway, (you can still enter till Midnight tonight EST.) I found this delightful comment by a woman named Ginigin from the Inklings blog:

“I’d love a chance to try Rhodia pencils (oh, that black wood!!) and the pencil case is beautiful and practical. My fondest pencil memory is from elementary school. I would get bored in school and used my pocket knife to first shave off the paint and then carve the wood of the pencil into a totem pole. Back then we were allowed to carry a pocket knife, though I think I was the only girl to do so.”

Any wood carvers out there? The thought of a black/orange pencil carving sounds so very dramatic!


8 thoughts on “Fond Memory: Pencil Totem Poles

  1. “Me too” except we didn’t have pocket knives and used the blade from a pencil sharpener!

    Not too intricate, but it passed the time in the really tedious lessons.

    fond memories indeed.

    Dave

  2. “Me too” except we didn’t have pocket knives and used the blade from a pencil sharpener!

    Not too intricate, but it passed the time in the really tedious lessons.

    fond memories indeed.

    Dave

  3. That is cool! Makes me think of these crayon carved sculptures by Diem Chau: http://www.boingboing.net/2010/03/17/crayons-carved-into.html

    Jennifer Maestre has very cool sculptures too: http://www.jennifermaestre.com/

    After doing a search, I really like the ones by Mizuta Tasogare & Kato Jado featured on this blog:
    http://graffart.eu/blog/2010/08/mizuta-tasogare-kato-jado-pencil-art/

    I’ve seen lots of others are wonderful too! :) I hope Gingin shares some of her carvings sometime :)

  4. That is cool! Makes me think of these crayon carved sculptures by Diem Chau: http://www.boingboing.net/2010/03/17/crayons-carved-into.html

    Jennifer Maestre has very cool sculptures too: http://www.jennifermaestre.com/

    After doing a search, I really like the ones by Mizuta Tasogare & Kato Jado featured on this blog:
    http://graffart.eu/blog/2010/08/mizuta-tasogare-kato-jado-pencil-art/

    I’ve seen lots of others are wonderful too! :) I hope Gingin shares some of her carvings sometime :)

  5. Ginigin isn’t the only girl to carry a pocket knife in school. I always had a little pen knife to sharpen my pencils with. Still to this day I would rather hand sharpen a pencil than to stick it into any sharpener. I sometimes fear the use of mechanical pencils will end the joys of that feeling one gets as the wood is slowly whittled away and a beautiful point takes shape as the edge of the knife clears away the unnecessary bits of wood and lead. Yeah for girl power and a pocket knife in hand.

  6. Ginigin isn’t the only girl to carry a pocket knife in school. I always had a little pen knife to sharpen my pencils with. Still to this day I would rather hand sharpen a pencil than to stick it into any sharpener. I sometimes fear the use of mechanical pencils will end the joys of that feeling one gets as the wood is slowly whittled away and a beautiful point takes shape as the edge of the knife clears away the unnecessary bits of wood and lead. Yeah for girl power and a pocket knife in hand.

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