Caroline Weaver likes pencils so much she has a tattoo of a pencil on her arm. Weaver is the owner of the newly opened C. W. Pencil Enterprise, a preciously tiny retail store in Lower Manhattan.
From Molly Young's NY Times profile:
The store is organized with the space-saving rigor of a ship’s cabin. Pencils are displayed upright in glass jars labeled with their origin: Japan, Germany, France, the Czech Republic, Tennessee. Framed vintage advertisements on the wall depict the likes of Booth Tarkington shilling his favorite pencils. (Tarkington’s advice to young writers: “Use pencils. Write on thick paper. Sharpen two or three dozen rather soft pencils before you work. Use pencils with erasers on them — and use the erasers!”)
The store has an impressive inventory of dead stock (which you can order online). A 1950s era Blackwing 602 runs $60.
Bobby Duke carved a pencil into magnificent recursion. He calls it “Pencil Inception.”
Organize your pens and pencils rather than poke holes in your pockets!
Courtesy of the YouTube channel Skunk Bear.
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