Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Bent Pencils?


Bent pencils

At first I thought I was seeing things, but the two pencils on the left are indeed bent. I’d never seen that before, have you? The colored pencil 2nd from the left had been bent for a while and I’d figured it was simply an anomaly but when I found the second one which was a regular graphite pencil of a different brand, I quickly looked through all the rest of the pencils sitting out in my studio to see if any others were affected. (They weren’t). As each of these two were fairly inexpensive pencils, I wondered if the reason they bent had to do with the kind of wood used to make them. (For what it’s worth, the air in my studio is very dry.) 

4 thoughts on “Bent Pencils?

  1. When i was in elementary school I used to bend pencils like that all the time. You couldn’t do it with every pencil, but I seem to remember the Sanford Eagle pencils were one of the ones I could do it to. When I was bored at school used to see far I could bend those types of pencils before they break. I used to get some into an almost U-shape

  2. Not sure, but likely because the quality of he wood varies so much in inexpensive pencils that the left half won’t match the right half in rate of water loss in a desiccating environs. (Arid room.)

    There’s a school of thought that says everything is impermanent. Enjoy what you have as a testament to the machinelike and soulless cheap perfection of the modern world: the exception that proves the rule.. And all that jazz.

    Where’s the coffee?

  3. Hmmm….interesting. I have several warped pencils as well, but I thought it was just because I tend to be heavy handed when I write.

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