Porcupine Pencil Holder

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Project by Michael posted 09-10-2012 01:59 PM 3103 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to make something for my wife. When I saw posts by woodpezzer and Kookaburra, I knew that I would be making this porcupine pencil holder for my wife who is an elementary school teacher.

I didn’t want to wait for a couple pieces of my 8/4 to be glued together, so I went out to the wood shed and grabbed a piece of firewood. That was yesterday. I don’t know the species; it’s a softwood that died in the yard a couple of years ago. I’m glad that I didn’t try this with a hardwood.
The finish is teak oil. It holds 25 pencils.

My Festool pencil sharpener was the perfect tool to complete this project.

-- ~Michael,

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#1 posted 09-10-2012 02:05 PM

Looks like a pencilpottamus !!
Great project and I got quite a chuckle from your Festool sharpener as well : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#2 posted 09-10-2012 02:06 PM

Oh, I love him! Your rough drawing looks almost exactly like mine, but our little guys come out with quite different shapes. Yours has such a cute round tummy! It was a fun little project, wasn’t it?

Your wife is going to love having this! And I will bet a few other teachers beg for one also.

Nice pencil sharpener too. :-) I drilled my holes with a brace and bit as I was determined to be all hand tools but my regular drill did tempt me several times during the hours it took to make the holes.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#3 posted 09-10-2012 02:39 PM

what a wonderful idea, and execution. I love it!

-- Dale, Oregon

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#4 posted 09-10-2012 04:11 PM

This is the cutest one if these yet. Now I may have to make one.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 09-10-2012 06:32 PM

Elwood, Here’s proof that it doesn’t require expensive wood to create a cool project. Even better when it’s free! Your pencil holding porcupine is simply adorable. I imagine it proudly displayed on your wife’s desk bringing smiles to the entire classroom. Very thoughtful and really nice work. I LOVE this little critter—Especially that you added character in your own style by including ears and eyes. Too cute!! Thanks for the mention. It feels great to know my little project has inspired other woodworkers to do something similar.

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#6 posted 09-10-2012 07:37 PM

Very nice.
From afar, they actually looked like a porcupine.
Artistic illusion.

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#7 posted 09-11-2012 10:07 AM

Be gently while grabbin one o those pencils in the middle.. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 07-31-2016 10:21 AM

Michael, this is very creative. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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