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Project by vipond33 posted 09-20-2012 01:50 AM 1846 views 5 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

.....one sharpening at a time.

Pencils in Brazilian Rosewood and Gabon Ebony
Staedtler Mars Lumograph 2mm 3H lead and glass shelf pin bling.

9/32” x 7 1/2”
About 2 hrs.
Build on LJ’s.
Gene

Credit to Kookaburra and Woodpezzer for getting me thinking about this project. Now only 38 species to go.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.





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ShaneA

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#1 posted 09-20-2012 01:58 AM

Nice. Sort hate to see them get all sharpened/used up.

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Kookaburra

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#2 posted 09-20-2012 01:58 AM

Those are about the fanciest pencils I have ever seen! Beautiful! I would never use them though as I could not bear to sharpen one :-)

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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jaykaypur

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#3 posted 09-20-2012 02:06 AM

Nice and unique!!

Good job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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Terry Ferguson

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#4 posted 09-20-2012 02:08 AM

Very tasty pencils – could be a little tough on a regular pencil sharpener.
As Always, your work is impressive and what a great variety of projects
with excellent design, meticulous craftsmanship, and a variety of beautiful woods.

-- Terry Ferguson, Bend Oregon

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Moron

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#5 posted 09-20-2012 02:21 AM

Wow.

Sharpening them into oblivion is far better then burning precious scraps in a wood stove.

i absolutely hate cheap pencils

a gentle relief to the never ending litany of pens : ))

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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chopnhack

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#6 posted 09-20-2012 02:24 AM

Well done as always, your eraser bling will be hard on the paper though :P

-- Sneaking up on the line....

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vipond33

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#7 posted 09-20-2012 02:41 AM

“i absolutely hate cheap pencils”

So do I. Ugly construction, corns in the lead, internally broken leads, variable hardness, the list goes on. Pencils are critical to my work and pleasure so I gladly pay $2 apiece for good ones, in five different grades, but always from Mars. Venus pencils? Bah. Adds a different truth to the saying about men and women perhaps.
It was really tough to sharpen these now that you mention it Terry. I think I might motorize my muti-hole Boston sharpener somehow or just fire up the disc sander when needed.
gene

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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rance

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#8 posted 09-20-2012 02:48 AM

Those are pretty cool Gene. So I guess you can buy the bare lead(graphite) at an art store? Would make pretty unique gifts.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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vipond33

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#9 posted 09-20-2012 02:57 AM

Rance, you can buy tubes of these leads at those stores in different hardness’s. They’re meant for large mechanical pencils. The length is somewhat shorter than the pencils you see but more than usable for a very long time.
gene

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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Moron

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#10 posted 09-20-2012 03:51 AM

Nice work

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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deon

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#11 posted 09-20-2012 04:44 AM

Love them!

-- Dreaming patterns

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shipwright

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#12 posted 09-20-2012 05:21 AM

Mixed feelings about using the ebony this way but nicely done.
I may be an eco-prude.
I’ll consider them art and then I’ll feel better.

They are beautiful Gene.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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woodpezzer

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#13 posted 09-20-2012 05:42 AM

Gene, WOW! These are the ultimate in cool pencils. I love the shelf pin decorating the tip. That’s an excellent idea! I’d love to see all 40 when you have them finished. Really nice work!

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mafe

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#14 posted 09-20-2012 09:43 AM

Dam elegant.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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vipond33

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#15 posted 09-20-2012 10:26 AM

Paul, it was made from tiny scraps from a slowly diminishing small stock that I’ve had for years and years. Using it for small inlays, pulls and plugs I doubt I’ll go through the two bf I have in my lifetime.
Let’s put it this way. I’m feeling endangered and non-renewable myself. I’ll make some toothpicks out of the last of it for the guests at my memorial dinner.
gene

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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