In Praise of the Pencil and How to Make Some …

Pastel extrusions being laid out to dry (Christopher Payne photo)

Pastel extrusions being laid out to dry (Christopher Payne photo)

“And while a pencil is sophisticated enough to track every gradation of the human hand, it is also simple enough for a toddler to use …”

The photo essay in the New York Times, which focuses on the pencil products of General Pencil in Jersey City, NJ is a pencil lovers feast. Excellent writing by Sam Anderson and gorgeous photos by Christopher Payne.

I use some of General Pencils products, their charcoal pencils are favorites, and their white charcoal pencil is the only truly white pastel pencil that I’ve found; they can hold a point but aren’t waxy, wrapped up in a light cedar wood sheath. Excellent for making fine white lines that can be erased with a damp cloth, I use them for laying out compositions on darker surfaces.

 

 

 

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2 Responses to In Praise of the Pencil and How to Make Some …

  1. Brian Berg says:

    The NY Times story at https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/12/magazine/inside-one-of-americas-last-pencil-factories.html is fabulously beautiful to behold – a work of art unto itself. The complexities of producing their pencils is also an eye-opener. Thanks for this education about this slice of America

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