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January 27, 2018

Snapshots from one of America's last pencil factories

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Above, editing pencils. They're sharpened at both ends, one of which makes red marks, the other blue.

Below, graphite extrusions collected for recycling. Life imitates art: shades of Jasper Johns.

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Below, graphite pencil cores cooling after being dipped in heated wax.

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Below, a pencil sandwich headed for shaping: a woodworking machine will cut the individual pencils into their desired shape — round, hexagonal, or otherwise.

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Below, pencils are sharpened by rolling them across a high-speed sanding belt.

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[via the New York Times]

January 27, 2018 at 10:01 AM | Permalink


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Google "John Brack Pencils" An Australian artist of the mid 20th century who had a pencil phase

Posted by: DavidF | Feb 12, 2018 3:38:31 AM

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