Wanted dead or alive : the pencil theif

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Blog entry by Patrick Irvin posted 10-03-2010 08:17 PM 9100 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I don’t know about you guys but everytime i go down to my shop i can’t find any pencils . I bought a big box of pencils a while ago and now I can’t find any of them . I wish whomever is stealing my pencil they would leave me a nickel or something evrytime he takes one. I thinks the pencil theif is realated to the sock theif also . Evrytime we do laundry were are always missing a sock to. Happy sunday to everyone (expect the bastard taking my pencils)

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#1 posted 10-03-2010 08:24 PM

Haaaa Haaaaa. I have had that problem for years. I did find the pencil thief in my shop. It was my ear ! That was funny. Good topic.

-- Have a great day.

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#2 posted 10-03-2010 08:41 PM

Hi Patrick.

Did you ever consider that, just perhaps, the socks were eloping with the pencils? ;)

Happy sunday to you too.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#3 posted 10-03-2010 08:42 PM

do you think its the plywood-theif that use them to take notes
about where there is good sopliese to get


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#4 posted 10-03-2010 08:51 PM

hi patrick,

Why make it easy for the pencil thief cut a notch in the top of the pencil and Tie a string around it and tie the other end to your work bench. Maybe not, you might get all tangled up in the string and the bastard thief might steal you string, bench and pencil and all and there would be no one there to tell this on unusual occurrence .
no seriously i buy pencils by the box and manage to loose them all in no time at all. I started halving them so i have twice as many to loose .


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#5 posted 10-03-2010 08:58 PM

The same thief also passes regularly through my shop! This dude must have a SERIOUS amount of pencils by now. Maybe he has a pencil shop somewhere. Maybe I have bought the same pencil more than once!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#6 posted 10-03-2010 09:03 PM

That guy is everywhere, he got me for 3 pencils yesterday, Two yellow and a blue. I’m postin a reward….

-- Don, North Carolina, Working full time at retired.

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Rick Dennington

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#7 posted 10-03-2010 09:04 PM

Greetings Patrick,

I never have that problem, cause I wear a shop apron that has 2-3 pencil pockets. When I get through using
it, I put it back in the pocket right then…..It’s a mechanical pencil.. I’ve used the same pencil for years….

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#8 posted 10-03-2010 10:20 PM

I have the same problem both with pencils and tape measures.

-- If at first you don't succeed then maybe skydiving isn't for you.

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#9 posted 10-03-2010 10:21 PM

Theres a formula. Pencils on hand should equal the board footage quanity of the project you’re working on. Tape measures on hand should be half that amount. Yea i just made it up but i’ll stand by it.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#10 posted 10-03-2010 10:25 PM

If you’re missing a brown sock Patrick, I think I’ve got the other one :-)

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#11 posted 10-03-2010 11:23 PM

My local thief makes off w/ my cheap bifocal safety glasses. I KNOW I had six pair here in various places in the shop last week. And for the last two days I’ve been looking for ANY of them. All I can find is a pair of old scratched up non-bifocal glasses that I can’t see the side of a red barn with anyway. (Loner glasses for the non woodworking guests.)

I keep telling my “shop dawg” Shasta “You’re a golden retriever, go retrieve a pair for me.” He just looks up from napping and goes to find his red chew toy for me to throw. (Hmmm. Maybe I need to go check out back & see if he’s been digging around again.)

Ah heck. I was looking for an excuse to go across town to Woodcraft today and restock on misc consumables anyway…

Come on dawg let’s go, Get in the truck.
Ah, no Shasta you’re not driving this time. You drove last time. Get out of the drivers seat and in the back of the cab.


-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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Jamie Speirs

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#12 posted 10-03-2010 11:46 PM

I’ve resorted to paying the ransom.
I spent once nearly an hour looking for a pencil.
I then put up a reward. 10pence for every pencil in the pencil box at a Random time.
The 10pence went into the biscuit kitty.
Then one day I found over 100 pencils in the pencil box.
Shit, that’s a lot of biscuits!
My jolly band of rouges had bought bulk pencils in the Pound shop. 50 for a Pound.

Short lived plan.

However I’m looking into “Tagging”.
It is the latest method for dealing with criminals and pencil thieves in the UK.
Instead of going to prison (I think pencil thieves should be flogged in public), the pencil thieves get a tag on their ankle. Then the police can track them down.
So the plan is to tag my jolly band of rouges and that way all I need to do is phone the police when I lose a pencil and they will be able to locate both the pencil thief and my pencil.

I served my apprenticeship with my Faither (Dad) and it was quite an experience. (Violence towards us underlings was still a done thing)
However I wander. One day my Faither was screaming for his pencil in a slurred voice. Reason for the slurred voice?
His pencil was grasped between his teeth.

Please feel free to use any of my methods.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#13 posted 10-04-2010 12:00 AM

I can tell you something that I believe is actually worse.

It’s when you really NEVER lose pencils.

Stupid stuff like that bugs me—losing pencils, forgetting a word, not remembering where I put my keys.

Stupid stuff … like that.

I’d never kill an hour looking for one, but … before I shut off the lights, I generally clean up, and tend to account for all the stuff I’ve used. I even try to put stuff away as I’m done with it. Same thing I do when cooking.

I don’t consider myself anal, obsessive, OR super organized.

To the contrary: I can be an absent minded slob. This is one of my coping mechanisms ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#14 posted 10-04-2010 02:08 AM

I know who got all the pencils! Remember a short time ago someone posted an article about a guy carving on pencil leads? That must surely be the culprit! I have the same problem so now I have a dozen or so pencils scattered around the shop. couple on my lathe, 3 in the drill press groove, one on table saw, workbench, sander. At least one will be handy, I hope?

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#15 posted 10-04-2010 02:27 AM

Pencil thief I allway’s thought he was an alien.

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