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Pencils, Pencils, Pencils!!!

Updated on December 8, 2014

Who knew a little piece of wood had so many possibilities?

A pencil ... a simple everyday pencil ... is something we take for granted. Everyone has one, ten, seventy, or hundreds probably! But what do we know about this common little item? Have you ever thought about how they makes our life easier? Have you wondered how they came about? Do you know all the possible uses for a pencil? I thought I did .. until out of simple curiosity (or boredom one afternoon) I used my beloved search box ... what I found surprised me!

I love to learn ... love to try new things ... love to share. So, have fun looking at some interesting ways to use pencils, create some art, play a game, write a story, try some tricks, come up with new ways to use a pencil, and yes, learn a little more today, too!!

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Did you know ...

one pencil is capable of

drawing a line 35 miles long

or writing 45,000 words?

Pencils.com

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Pencils & Education Go Together!

~ The Story of Pencils!: Sorry, but the teacher in me always wants to learn and share what I find out!! Pencils.com has an entire "Teach & Learn" section of their website (along with other interesting sections) that includes worksheets and activities!

Did you know that 'lead' pencils do not have lead? The inside material is actually made up of graphite! Apparently back in the 1500's in England, graphite minerals were found and used for the first time as a writing implement. Since they did not know graphite's exact composition, people thought it was a form of lead and therefore referred to it as plumbago (Latin for "lead ore") or lead pencil. As with many things, the name stuck even when it was discovered there was no lead content.

Being too soft and chalky to work with on its own, inventors experimented with different types of holders. String, sheepskin, and other "wraps" were experimented with until someone placed pieces of graphite into a rectangular wooden case creating the first pencils! Deposits of graphite were found in numerous places on the earth, but they were not all of the same quality. Some were pure graphite, whereas others had to be ground to separate the graphite from other minerals.

Just before the turn into the 19th century, Monsieur Nicholas Jacques Conta mixed graphite with clay and water, shaped them into sticks, and baked them in a kiln. The graphite was now made more available, the cost was reduced, and the softness / hardness of the stick could be adjusted for the type of writing one wanted to do. (The amount of 'hardness' is called the HB Scale. You can read more about it at the site, or read about The History of the Lead Pencil at the Early Office Museum.)

Colored pencils have pigment and wax added to the mix to create a rainbow of colors. Some special colored pencils called 'pastels' have a softer mix which give a more chalky appearance. Colored pencils are also popular in the use of lip and eye cosmetics.

~ View colorful pictures and read descriptions of the interesting pencil making process at the Sanford Pencil Factory Tour!

The Teach & Learn section of Pencils.com has many lesson plans for teachers to use with their students.

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How are pencils made? - I'm always curious to know these things!

Learn more from these articles: How is a Pencil Made? from eHow, and How Pencils Are Made from Pencil Pages.

Try this interesting video! How it's Made: Pencils Video from the Discovery Channel.

Popular Pencils!

Ticonderoga No. 2/HB Soft Pencils, 72-Count, Cello Wrapped (Wood Case, Black Writing) in Yellow (33904)
Ticonderoga No. 2/HB Soft Pencils, 72-Count, Cello Wrapped (Wood Case, Black Writing) in Yellow (33904)

Teachers may want a box or two of these popular Ticonderoga pencils to keep in stock for their students this school year!

 
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What types of pencils are there?

Graphite Pencils ~ These prevalent pencils composed of clay and graphite are used to write and draw in varying degrees from a light grey to a a dark black and are known for their smoothness.

Charcoal Pencils ~ Richer blacks shades made be reached using charcoal pencils. They tend to be harsher than graphite pencils and will smudge.

Carbon Pencils ~ These pencils are a combination of clay with charcoal or graphite and tend to be darker than graphite and more flowing than charcoal.

Colored Pencils ~ Mixtures of all sorts of pigments help to create the rainbow of colors!

Grease Pencils ~ They can be really fun to use since they are capable of writing on multiple surfaces such as glass, metal, plastic, and other unusual surfaces.

Watercolor Pencils ~ Whether you want to use these for drawing with bright solid lines, or adapt them with water and brushes, watercolors enlighten the imagination.

Carpenter's Pencils ~ Meant for on outside on the job type of work, these pencils contain harder graphite and are many times in an angular shape, as opposed to cylindrical, to prevent them from rolling away!

Copying Pencils ~ These do not seem to be used as often, but have been replaced by pens. The graphite pencils contains a dye which when becomes wet dissolves into ink.

Erasable Color Pencils ~ Pencils that erase may be created by having a lower wax content enabling the artist to sketch an outline of the object they want and adapt is easily.

Stenographer's Pencil ~ Supposedly the 'lead' in these pencils are said to be stronger and unable to break.

Golf Pencil ~ Meant to be small and short for temporary, inexpensive use, these may be found at mini golf locations and libraries, also.

Mechanical Pencils ~ These pencils never end with their use of replaceable leads that are mechanically pushed through always giving the writer a pointed end.

Did you know ...

a "lead pencil" actually

contains no lead in the center?

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How can I draw with pencils?

~ Find drawing tips and projects online at the Derwent Drawing Academy. Explanations, videos, and downloadable PDF lessons are available for free!

Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun (Lab Series)
Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists: 52 Creative Exercises to Make Drawing Fun (Lab Series)

Find inspiration and creative ideas to get you started in your drawings!

 

Drawing Basics

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Non-traditional Pencil Art!

~ Pencil Sculptures!: Pencils are great for drawing artwork, but have you ever considered using pencils for other art styles? Well, these artists have!! Enjoy looking at some absolutely unbelievable sculptures created from all kinds of pencils!

~ Pencil: A Traditional Animation Software: "Pencil is an animation/drawing software for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. It lets you create traditional hand-drawn animation (cartoon) using both bitmap and vector graphics. Pencil is free and open source." ~ I haven't had time to play around with this one yet, but it looks like another fun way to create! The site allows you to download the software for free, learn and share on their forum, view screenshots and an art gallery, learn how to use the program with the "User Manual", and find related links .

~ Pencil Project Sketching & Prototyping with Firefox: This one looks a little above my computer knowledge, but I decided to list it here for those of you who would be awesome with it! ~ "The Pencil Project's unique mission is to build a free and opensource tool for making diagrams and GUI prototyping that everyone can use. Licensing and Versions: Pencil will always be free as it is released under the GPL version 2 and is available for virtually all platforms that Firefox 3 can run. The first version of Pencil is tested against GNU/Linux 2.6 (Fedora, Ubuntu and Arch) with GTK+, Windows XP and Windows Vista/7." The site also contains: downloads, screenshots, user guides, and develper guides. ~ Top features:

* Built-in stencils for diagraming and prototyping * Multi-page document with background page * Inter-page linkings! * On-screen text editing with rich-text supports * Exporting to HTML, PNG, Openoffice.org document, Word document and PDF.* Undo/redo supports * Installing user-defined stencils and templates * Standard drawing operations: aligning, z-ordering, scaling, rotating... * Cross-platforms * Adding external objects * Personal Collection * Clipart Browser * Object snapping * Sketchy Stencil * And much more...

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Bored? ... Grab a Pencil! - Can you do this?

Finger Aerobics!

~ I wonder if I learn how to do this if it will strengthen my finger muscles for playing piano. Hmm ... ?? I may have just discovered a new secret piano technique.


Smencils! - Gourmet Scented Pencils!

Educational Insights 10-Pack Colored Smencils
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Each pencil has its own "freshness tube" to help keep the scent for up to 2 years and may be stored in the provided zippered storage bag. All 10 fun, fragrant colored pencils made from recycled newspaper. Fragrants include: bubblegum, orange, cinnamon, grape, root beer, watermelon, black cherry, very berry, tropical blast, and cotton candy.

 

The World's Largest Pencil!!

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Games for Pencils

Tic - Tac - Toe ~ Everyone knows this game!! Player 1 marks an O in a space, player 2 marks an X in another. Each player continues trying to make three in a row and also trying to stop the other player from doing the same. The winner is one who was able to get three in a row. If no one does, it is a tie.

The game that most people now know as "Battleship" was originally a game played with pencils and paper grids. Directions and a player's grid may be found at About.com, or you may create graph paper of your choice of size for free here.

Another pencil and paper game which was converted into the popular plastic game "Cooties" is called "Beetle". The game is played by rolling a die and drawing a part of a beetle on the board that cooresponds with the number on the die. Example numbers and parts: 6 = body, 5 = head, 4 = tail or wings, 3 = leg, 2 = antenna, and 1 = eye.

Dots & Boxes is a strategy game that may be played anywhere. Make a grid of dots on a piece of paper ~ for instance 14 rows across and 14 columns down. Player 1 connects two neighboring dots with a line. Other players do the same. The goal is to complete a box to earn that square. The person writes their initial in that box. Whoever has the most boxes at the end wins the game. You may create free dot graph paper at Incompetech Creative Industries.

Many more games, directions, and boards for paper and pencil play may be found at About.com!

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Have a new or broken pencil? - No worries ~ make a pencil sharpener!

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What type of pencil sharpener do you prefer?

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Gotta have erasers! - Which do you like the best?

~ Emese Kocsis from Hungary has over 23,000 erasers in his Eraser Collection!! Why? I have absolutely no idea!! He has pictures of them all in very organized bins ~ both fun and serious erasers are found in his collection!


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Did you hear the joke about the pencil?

No? Oh, nevermind! It's pointless!

What would you do if your word processing program stopped working? I know it's radical, but you may want to try a strange device called a P.E.N.C.I.L.! Check the link for directions how to use one.

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If the #2 pencil is the most popular, why isn't it #1?

"Why was the pencil lumbering?" ~ "It's feet were full of lead."

A dad goes to school to talk to the teacher because the bigger kids keep stealing his son's pencil. "It's happened three times this week," he complains, "it has to stop!" ~ "Well, I'm sorry to hear it," said the teacher. ~ "Yeah, well, its not the pencils I mind, of course - I can get them easily enough from the office - its the *principle*!"

from Pencil Humor at the Pencil Pages

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Knock Knock!

Who's there?

Pencil.

Pencil who?

Pencil fall down if you don't have a belt.

from Basic Jokes

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Why did the man take a pencil to bed?

To draw the curtains...I'd tell a joke about a pencil, but It wouldn't have a point.

from Jokes & Junk

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What did the pencil sharpener say to the pencil?

"Stop going in circles and get to the point!"

from Joke Center

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When NASA first started sending up astronauts, they quickly discovered that ballpoint pens would not work in zero gravity. To combat the problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion to develop a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside down, underwater, on almost any surface including glass and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to 300 C.

~ The Russians used a pencil.

from Jokes 4 All

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Pencil - Old School Computer Mousepads by GoodToGoTees

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Why shouldn't you write with a broken pencil?

Because it's pointless!

from Dumb Jokes That are Funny

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What is the biggest pencil in the world?

Pennsylvania.

from Comedy Zone

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"I need a pencil sharpener," Tom said bluntly.

from Boy's Life

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What did the paper say to the pencil? ~ "Looking sharp!"

What did the pencil say to the paper? ~ "I dot my 'i' on you!"

What do a pencil and a joke have in common? ~ "Neither one is any good without a point."

Where do pencils go on vacation? ~ Pencil-vania!

from My Fun Teacher

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Teacher: "Where is your pencil?"

Student: "I ain't got any pencils."

Teacher: "What? Was this the grammar that I taught? I don't have any pencils. He doesn't have any pencils. She doesn't have any pencils. They don't have any pencils."

Student: "Gee!! What happened to all the pencils?"

from Good Reads

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Pencils in the 21st Century?

It was "pointed" out to me that pencils may not be used as regularly as they have been in the past due to our modern technology.

Many letters that would have been written via pencil are now done through emails. Little notes that we may have written down before can be IM'd, Tweeted, etcetera. Schedules and lists may be placed on an iPod, Blackberry, or PC. Drawing and art may be created with graphics programs. You get the idea. Do you think we will use pencils less and less?

In some ways I use them less, but on the other hand, there is something really special and unique about receiving a hand written letter from a loved one or a drawing from one of my children or students. That sweet personalization with the use of pencils cannot be replaced, can it?


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Do pencils still have value in our modern world?

Did you know ...

pencils which contained graphite from China in the 1890's were painted yellow to distinguish the

best quality graphite in the world?

Yellow represents respect

and royalty in China.

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I hope you'll visit again sometime soon! I'll "pencil" you into my schedule!!

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So, what's the "point" of this page? - Hope you had fun, were inspired, and learned something new!!

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      JoyfulPamela2 4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @johnsja: I was surprised in my research, too! Thanks!

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      JoyfulPamela2 4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @bwet: Thanks!

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      JoyfulPamela2 4 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @webscan: Great idea! :)

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      johnsja 4 years ago

      Wow! So many things I didn't know about pencils! Great lens.

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      webscan 4 years ago

      Should have started a pencil business!

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      bwet 5 years ago

      OMG 14 billion pencils made annually... wow. Great lens on pencils btw. Very informative and interesting :)

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @olmpal: Thanks! It was fun researching the humble pencil, also!

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      olmpal 5 years ago

      So much information about this humble material! So many uses and aspects! Thank you for this informative and fun article!

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      Pinkmaddy LM 5 years ago

      What a great lens on pencils! I used to collect them when I was a little girl, along with erasers.

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      memoonajabeen 5 years ago

      Interesting lens, Please visit mine at : http://www.squidoo.com/affordable-website-content-...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Returning to this LotD and purple star winning lens with a sprinkling of angel dust and I have to say I love that wolf picture! I took your pencil quiz and only got 50%.

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      booknow 5 years ago

      Amazing lens!

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      Pastor Cher 5 years ago from United States

      I had seen the video years ago on Mr, Rogers Neighborhood, It was fun to see it again. Who knew pencils would go over so well here. You must really be "sharp!" :)

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      uneasywriter lm 5 years ago

      fun and interesting lens!

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      DIY Mary 5 years ago

      The pencil and eraser combo is one of the handiest inventions of all time. Great lens!

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      JimDickens 5 years ago

      A pencil had to have been the motivation for JK Rowling's notion of a magic wand with its core of one substance (graphite) and casing of another (cedar). The pencil is one of the first true magic wands

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a lens!

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      MissionBoundCre 5 years ago

      Pencils will be with forever!

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      PS Angel blessed.

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      Speaking for my personal pencils.. GREAT LENS!!

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      ideadesigns 5 years ago

      So awesome! I learned some new things about pencils!

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      beckyf 5 years ago

      I enjoyed your lens, and learned a thing or two! :)

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      LeadFinderPro 5 years ago

      I like your article, very useful and inspiring. thank you.

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      efcruzarts 5 years ago

      great lens for pencil infos

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      pimbels lm 6 years ago

      Love this lens, very informative.

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      smithlights 6 years ago

      Wow! Who would have thought to make a lens about somethings as everyday as a pencil! Fascinating! Thanks for sharing!

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      cinstress 6 years ago

      very neat

      I like learning the background history of things. Thanks for sharing

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      i love my pencils! especially those that have been sharpened over and over again, making it look like a cute mini pencil! cheers

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      DelightfulDanie 6 years ago

      Nice lens! Well done. I nominated this lens for LotD:) Hope they select it.

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      'Vikk Simmons 6 years ago from Houston

      Love your pencil page. Years ago I read a tremendous article in The Smithsonian about pencils and loved it.

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      thesuccess2 6 years ago

      It is so marvelous to think what may lie unwritten in a pencil

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      Angela F 6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      What a fun lens! I used to love the double-ended blue/red pencils when I was a kid. My step-mother (a CPA) always had them around and I thought it was such an upgrade from the standard #2. :)

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @Positivevibestechnician: Thanks for visiting and for the great LOL!! =D

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      Positivevibestechnician 6 years ago

      very interesting topic you did a g reat job i'll rank it number 2...lol

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      jennikitten lm 6 years ago

      Lovely lens, nice work!

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @mbgphoto: Thank you, Mary Beth!

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      Mary Beth Granger 6 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Very unique and interesting lens on pencils. blessed!!

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @hayleylou lm: Thank you, Hayley! =D

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      hayleylou lm 6 years ago

      **Blessed** and featured on My Time as a Squid Angel :)

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      RuthCoffee 6 years ago

      Interesting stuff. As a kid I was in love with colored pencils, now, I covet the mechanical ones. I'm lensrolling this page to my lens on electric pencil sharpeners.

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @Darla Dixon: Great lens! Thanks, Donna! =D

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      Darla Dixon 6 years ago

      Thanks so much for adding my lens! I also have one called How To Draw Hair in Pencil, if you would be interested in that one as a drawing tutorial. It's my top-ranked page.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      pencils are not appreciated, and are over looked every day.

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @javr: Thank you so much!! =D

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Long live the pencil.

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      javr 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Quite interesting, thanks. This lens has been blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @mattversion81 lm: Cool ~ thanks! =D

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      mattversion81 lm 6 years ago

      This is the best website on Pencils that I have ever seen in my life!

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      slackira 6 years ago

      Lovely lens. Well done.

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      brmadagan 6 years ago

      Great lens! We always need more pencils.

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      Joy Neasley 6 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Cute and clever. I love this lens.

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      JJNW 6 years ago from USA

      This is so very clever! Who knew?!

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      ZazzleEnchante 6 years ago

      A very interesting, informative lens, well researched and well put together. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      Tarra99 6 years ago

      Wow!...what a complete lens! Very deserving of the purple star! I really enjoyed the "pencil facts" and the How it's Made video...cool to know...thanks for sharing and thank you also for visiting my Stocking Stuffers for Dogs lens...I appreciate your visit and comments.

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      WritingforYourW 6 years ago

      Wow, very thorough! My mom does colored pencil drawings, and I always think it looks like a cool medium.

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      SusansZooCrew 6 years ago

      great lens! Loved the video!

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      blessedmomto7 6 years ago

      I can never seem to find a good pencil when I need one. I think my kids eat them. Love this lens!

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      blessedmomto7 6 years ago

      I can never seem to find a good pencil when I need one. I think my kids eat them. Love this lens!

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      Natalie W Schorr 6 years ago

      I do a lot of drawing. My favorite pencil is actually a Caran d'ache fixpencil lead holder with Beryl Turquoise 2B leads sharpened with a Gedess hand held sharpener.

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      Really nice lens, with fun stuff and information. Liked all the colours as well!

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      OfficeSupplyGeek 6 years ago

      This is a great write up, wow. SO Much info and a ton of resources. I actually gave up uwing pencils for the longest time, but the Uniball Kuru Toga changed that for me. They are really cool, its a mechanical pencil that rotates the lead as you write, so its always sharp and it reduces the number of times the lead will break on you. I did a review of them on my blog (officesupplygeek.com) and the feedback was great, plus I've given them to friends and co-workers and they all love them as well!

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      what a great lens.! learned a lesson from your well presented lens. thanks for the valuable information.

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      thesuccess2 6 years ago

      A pencil is still the most natural way to quickly jot down notes, and it rubs out!!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      I can't imagine not having pencils. I use them all the time. The lead on the mechanical ones break too easy.

      Thanks for sharing,

      Lizzy

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      sheilamarie78 6 years ago

      Great lens! And congratulations on your purple star. You deserve it!

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      PositiveChristi1 6 years ago

      An interesting subject. I never really think about pencils, I just use them.

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      RebeccaE 6 years ago

      I can beleive the fact about pencils writing 45,000 words, but I have to factor in lost and broken pencils and tips in my house!

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      Kate Loving Shenk 6 years ago from Lancaster PA

      Tremendously thoroughal! I love pens and pencils!

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      Othercatt 6 years ago

      I expected a really short lens because, really, what can you say about pencils? But you certainly had something to say! This is a great lens. Very informative. Congrats on the purple star.

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      svkhereiam1 6 years ago

      a very good lens on pencils! pencils have irreplaceable value in today's system

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      Cynthia Arre 6 years ago from Quezon City

      What a delightful lens! Thank you for paying tribute to the unassuming pencil (as an illustrator I owe my career to it). I especially love the pencil sculpture in one of your modules, how creative! It reminded me of a CD tower a friend built out of pencils for a school project before. Great work Pamela (:

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @DecoratingEvents: Thanks! : )

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @bechand: LOL ~ Squid kids do need lots of pencils with all those tentacles!

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      DecoratingEvents 7 years ago

      Absolutely wonderful lens. Must have taken a lot of time to put together. Well deserved purple star too! Congrats.

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      bechand 7 years ago

      Hey - I heard that Oceanus and Tethys's kids still need more school supplies - I am going to pass along your lens so maybe they can find some pencils here !!! THANKS !

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @Deborah Swain: I have not seen that episode yet, but will be sure to try to find it! Thanks for the suggestion. :D

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      Deborah Swain 7 years ago from Rome, Italy

      I really enjoyed this lens! Funnily enough, they showed the Simpsons classic episode again on TV the other day called "Homer's Enemy"...there's a very funny scene when Homer borrows Frank Grimes' pencils and finds all sorts of unusual uses for them! If you don't know it you should track it down...!

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      dustytoes 7 years ago

      The point is that pencils are important !! Fun lens.

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @Wbisbill LM: Delighted to make your acquaintance, too! :-D

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      jdwheeler 7 years ago

      Getting new pencils at the first of school each year was the best. I even had some with my initials on them. Which was a pretty big then back then. I know, fancy.

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @nukemdomis lm: Really? I'm left handed, too. : ) What writing utensil works better for you?

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @LouiseKirkpatrick: Thank you so much! :-D

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      Barbara Isbill 7 years ago from New Market Tn 37820

      A beautiful, entertaining, informative lens. Thank you. My wife and I worked with A.C.E. in our church school in middle Tennessee. Good to make your acquaintance!

      Maranatha

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      nukemdomis lm 7 years ago

      As a left-hander I can say that pencils are not the best choice for a writing utensil for me.

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      LouiseKirkpatrick 7 years ago from Berkshire, United Kingdom

      This is an amazing lens...beautifully presented and crammed full of facts and fun - I never knew there was so much to the humble pencil! Blessed by a SquidAngel :)

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @jimmielanley: Me, too! There is just something fun about new pencils, crayons, etcetera!

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      Jimmie Lanley 7 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      This is an outstanding lens. I had so much fun working through it. Wow. Just amazing. I love school supplies. Nothing excites me more than a new set of colored pencils or a brand new sharpener.

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @Grasmere Sue: Wow ~ thank you, Sue! It is much appreciated! : )

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      Sue Dixon 7 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      Revisiting this lens from the home of Cumberland pencils to sprinke angel blessings. I've added this lovel lens to my Angel lens.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 7 years ago

      I buy a gross of pencils every fall. They're gone long before spring. My students are always losing theirs.

      Thanks for sharing,

      Lizzy

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      always have a mechanical pencil on hand :)

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      semas 7 years ago

      Thank you for this wonderful page on pencils.I got to know so much about the pencil I use to do my art.I enjoyed doing the quiz.

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      missbat 7 years ago

      What a cool topic for a lens! I certainly learned something about the humble pencil!

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      BooJeeBeads 7 years ago

      Wonderful!

      This is the most comprehensive lens about this strange device called P.E.N.C.I.L =)

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      jimk4 7 years ago

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      BooJeeBeads 7 years ago

      Great lens on a simple tool we all take for granted.

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      grannysage 7 years ago

      When I think about pencils, I think about those tedious pensmanship lessons in school. My penmanship was never very good, maybe I can blame it on the pencil? Very interesting lens. Who knew pencils were so interesting. Congrats on LOTD.

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      Emily Tack 7 years ago from USA

      Thank you, so much, for the spectacular Lens on one of my favorite items - the not-so-lowly pencil. By the way, I detest automatic pencils, and cheaply made pencils. A good quality, sharpenable (is that a word?) old-fashioned pencil, is a treasure! Rated and favorited - let's hear it for the pencil!

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      Cheryl Paton 7 years ago from West Virginia

      I learned some things; didn't know a pencil could make such a long line. Lensrolling to Grid Method (Drawing).

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      What an awesome lens! You taught me something, teacher! I honestly thought they were lead :) I guess I just took that for granted. Congratulations on a well deserved Lens of the Day.