The Subtle Art Of Artisanal Pencil Sharpening
Possibly as commentary on the current trendy status enjoyed by all things "handcrafted" and "rustic," artist David Rees has opened up hyper-niche service.
- 12 august 2010
Possibly as commentary on the current trendy status enjoyed by all things “handcrafted” and “rustic,” artist David Rees has opened up an artisanal pencil sharpening service. The creator of Get Your War On will hand-sharpen any pencil you send him (or give you one of his) for $15. $60 will get you a sharpened pencil and a limited edition print.
The LA Times reports:
Why would a man whose cartoon was made of clip art turn to the pencil? “I’ve always loved the iconic No. 2 pencil,” he explained. “When I was working for the 2010 census, we were each issued No. 2 pencils and a manual sharpener. We all sharpened our pencils on the first day of training, and I was like, ‘I’m feeling this. This rules. I like sharpening pencils.’ It had been a while since I had done it. And the more I thought about it, the more I was like, ‘If I could figure out how to get paid to sharpen pencils, I would be happy.’ So I decided to become an artisanal pencil sharpener.”
Whether out of a serious love of a hyper-niche handicraft, or as a performance art criticism, it’s a fascinating endeavor nonetheless.