Caroline Weaver: Why the pencil is perfect
Caroline Weaver owns CW Pencil Enterprise, a wood-cased pencil specialty shop in New York City. Full bio
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of the experience of using a pencil,
with some layers of paint
clay and water.
of people over centuries
a very perfect object.
starts with graphite.
really useful applications
or sheepskin or paper
by farmers and shepherds,
of grinding the graphite,
and water to make a paste.
into a mold and fired in a kiln,
a really strong graphite core
that was smooth, usable --
that existed at the time,
that's still used in making pencils.
in Concord, Massachusetts,
who came up with the grading scale
hardness for general use.
the more graphite it had in it,
the line will be.
the more clay it had in it
they were made round.
who really mechanized the craft.
to start developing actual machines
cut grooves into the wood,
it was easier and less wasteful
to scratch away pencil marks
Hymen Lipman patented the first pencil
was the KOH-I-NOOR 1500.
with 14 coats of yellow paint
for being used by a lot of writers,
and Vladimir Nabokov.
the Dixon pencil company.
for the Dixon Ticonderoga.
when they think of a pencil
when they think of school.
a thing that, I think,
has never thought twice about,
the way it is,
that can be done
ABOUT THE SPEAKERCaroline Weaver - Author, pencil store owner
Caroline Weaver owns CW Pencil Enterprise, a wood-cased pencil specialty shop in New York City.
Why you should listen
Grown from a lifelong interest and opened in 2015, Caroline Weaver's shop has garnered the attention of the New York Times, Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal and many other publications for its faithful dedication single object and its playful design. Weaver is also the author of The Pencil Perfect: the Untold Story of a Cultural Icon, a book on pencil history published by Gestalten in 2017.
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