The pleasures of running a pencil blog are many. One of them is that you receive gifts of pencils, not only from manufacturers/dealers, but also from individuals. We have been lucky enough to be on the receiving end of many such generous gifts. Some of these come from off-line and long-time friends of mine, running in the same vein as most of the pencil gifts I personally make to other people. My good Comrade Zack, a cabinet maker in Baltimore, found these very old and very interesting pencils at a steamshow this weekend. They smell strongly of cedar, despite their age, and I am trying very hard to resist the urge to sharpen one and try it.
What sorts of pencil gifts do other folks get?