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Monday, 7 June 2010

A classic model in working order

I actually preferred sharpening pencils with a knife because sharpeners never seemed to do a good job. Up until the weekend I had two pencil sharpeners in my studio; a little metal one that lives in my pencil case, it's fiddly to use and a bit blunt and a plastic box pencil sharper which has a habit of breaking the lead in the pencil. Neither are things of joy!


But, now sharpening pencils has transcended into a happy ritual with the help of this . . .


. . . a classic vintage desk mounted metal pencil sharpener in full working order.


It's been installed on a shelf in the office and sharpening pencils is now a satisfying interlude :-)

16 comments:

  1. The perfect machine when you need a little displacement activity!

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  2. So right Joanna - I've been hunting for blunt pencils to sharpen ;-)

    Celia

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  3. What a lovely piece of machinery... can I bring my pencils over? Thanks for the OPen Studios invite... I'll try to get over on the Sunday.

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  4. Lovely.. I've always wanted one of those.. since I was in primary school and "Mr East" had a green one on the side of his desk...

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  5. Oh you have got me excited - so much potential in those sharpened points.

    Don't you love the smell of pencils?

    BTW it's been really hectic round here, a very grateful yes to the offer of your spare COS flag. Thankyou!

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  6. What a lovely machine - reminds me of primary school when it was a treat to be allowed to use one a very similar one!

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  7. Ahh yes! I agree. We have an old pencil sharpener just like that screwed down on to my Dad's old carpentry bench in his shed. It is still the best one around!

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  8. Reminds me of primary school too! Lucky you finding one!!
    Dan
    -x-

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  9. oh how i remember using one of those sharpners at school, I used to love that job!

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  10. I would love to have the money I spent on pencil sharpeners when I taught third grade. None of them worked for long, and nothing shuts down a classroom like a sharpener that doesn't sharpen properly. I kept thinking.. "If they can send people to the moon.." you know the rest. It looks as though you found the perfect solution.

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  11. Wow, Celia, those are needle nose pointed pencils!

    I recognized one of my own little pencil sharpeners in you photos ... the tiny metal one. I have two of those, both bought on trips to London.

    I also have a plastic sharpener with a dome cover ... this is good for field trips (indoors) when you want to sketch, and your pencil is dull, and ... well, I think that you get that picture.

    Your new classic model seems best of breed. xo

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  12. Wow, what a beauty - don't be tempted to sharpen all your pencils away to nothing though!

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  13. Some of those pencils look like lethal weapons with their long sharp points... do you have a licence for them?

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  14. I can almost smell those pencils!

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  15. Yes, memories of school days here. Those machines must have been around for donkeys' years!

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  16. I LOVE it! At school we all ditched our own sharpeners so we could use the teacher's vintage one clamped to her desk - oh so satisifying! Lucky you.

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