Pencil Carving

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Project by Pimzedd posted 01-29-2013 10:51 PM 2547 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I shared an office with a lady who collected pencils, had a large cup on her desk full of them. I wanted to give her a gift for Christmas a few years ago. I had found a website were someone made carved pencils. So I gave it a try.

The snowman shown was the second try. The first left a LOT to be desired but I learned. Gave her the snowman one year.

The next year, I decided to try the Santa. First problem was finding red pencils. Found them at a teacher supply store. The Santa took two tries as well. I also carved one for each of my three daughters. Told them to use them as Christmas ornaments by sticking an ornament hook through the eraser.

This start has led to some more carving. I discovered Gene Messer’s youtube viideos and made some bigger Santas. I recently followed Lumberjocks own, Mike Pounders 5 minute Gnome. I will post those in the future.

Thanks for looking

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#1 posted 01-30-2013 12:26 AM

Pretty Cool Carvings!!
Nice work! nice gifts!
That Mr Pounders is Good, Real Good!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#2 posted 01-30-2013 03:12 AM

Those are really NEAT!!

Reminds me of other pencils I saw- the person carved the lead instead of the wood.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 01-30-2013 03:02 PM

Those look pretty good! I’ve did a few pencils, just messing around at work, and you don’t realize how difficult it is to get a design on something that small. Very challenging. Here’s a link to some basswood pencils be easier than the cedar ones I’ve did)

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#4 posted 01-30-2013 03:05 PM

Mike, everyone knows that you can carve anything. Your work is wonderful and always gets even better. Nice work even if these were your first try at carving pencils.

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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#5 posted 01-30-2013 04:03 PM

Beautiful! Made the pencils extra special. Great job!


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#6 posted 02-04-2013 02:29 AM

Thanks all. Mike, thanks for the link. The pencils I used were cedar.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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