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Five years

pencil talk started as a small website in 2005. Five years, 534 posts, and 4,666 comments later, we’re still a small website, but we’re also proud to have gained an international following of pencil users, aficionados, artists, drafters, and doodlers.

The website started as a blog with irregular looks at stationery and pencils. The first […]

Colleen Woods Pencils, Vol. 1

Here are some pencils that I never thought I would see in person – the first volume of the Colleen Woods series.

An amazing masterpiece of pencil making, each pencil in the series of twenty-four (two volumes of twelve) is made from a different species of wood.

The set is just breathtaking.


graphite roots

“… to make pencills to marke downe the Sins of the People”

graphite roots is another remarkable post at La Vie Graphite.

The joy of a large piece of paper

Who enjoys using a large piece of paper?

On the forefront of the photo is a Miquelrius “Grid-It!” series notepad in “The Guardian” design. Each sheet of paper shows a 1988 newspaper layout design by David Hillman. It is the layout for a sheet of newspaper.

At 375mm x 600mm, each sheet is 0.225 […]

Thoreau pencils

Some original photos of Thoreau pencils are shown as an element of a thoughtful and engaging post by Abraham at La Vie Graphite regarding a visit to Walden Pond.

In 2006, one of the organizations devoted to Thoreau sold a J. Thoreau and Son pencil on eBay as a fundraiser. The pencil fetched about […]

Pencil manufacturers in the news

Pencil manufacturers have been receiving some major media attention recently.

Behind the scenes, I would guess that Faber-Castell’s capable public relations staff have been very active. Faber-Castell’s 250th anniversary is next year, and the celebrations are starting. See this YouTube video for a behind the scenes view of how the “250” human logo was formed […]