“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.