Episode 20: The Big Two-Oh

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

New Write Notepads wooden pencils

New Write Notepads wooden pencils

In this, the twentieth episode of your favorite podcast, Andy, Tim and Johnny give you three weeks of Fresh Points to make up for our short absence. We wax nostalgic at this small milestone in our Collective Podcasting Career, and talk about our Short Lists for the holidays. Don’t miss this one.

This episode is sponsored by Notegeist, an online retailer featuring new and collector pencils and notebooks. This week, make a purchase of $15 or more and put “Erasables” in the order notes field to receive a free pencil sampler pack!

Continue reading

prospector-cover

Episode 19: The Prospector General

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Will Ferrell plays Gus Chiggins, the Prospector, in an unaired SNL skit. He traded his pickaxe for a pencil that shares his designation.

Will Ferrell plays Gus Chiggins, the Prospector, in an unaired SNL skit. He traded his pickaxe for a pencil that shares his designation.

In this episode, Tim, Johnny and Andy put on their red, white and blue and salute their three favorite pencils which are made in the USA. While American pencil production is nothing like it used to be even a decade ago, there are still a few companies making excellent pencils on our shores. The guys also go discuss their usual Fresh Points and the latest offering from Field Notes, the Ambition Edition.

The USA-made Pencil Pledge of Allegiance

“I pledge allegiance to the pencils made in the United States of America. And to the graphite, for which they encase. One eraser, on the end, for mistakes, for which it rubs out.”

Continue reading

ep18cover

Episode 18: National Pencil Callus Club

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

National Novel Writing Month is upon us, and tonight your fearless hosts explore the best writing gear with which to bring forth your 50,000 words before the end of the month and talk about what they use for their projects. As an extra treat, Andy, Johnny and Tim are joined by Gary Varner, longtime Stationery Friend and proprietor of the soon-to-be-open Notegeist — an online shop stocking all manner of writing equipment. They’ll be talking about this episode all month.

Continue reading

ep-17-cover

Episode 17: C’mon, Baby — Let’s Do The Twist

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

The Twist Bullet Pencil by Huckleberry Woodchuck and MetalShopCT

Tonight, Andy, Johnny and Tim are joined by Jay Smith and Jon Fontane, otherwise known as Huckleberry Woodchuck and Metal Shop CT. Jon and Jay are the creators of our favorite new Kickstarter, the Twist bullet pencil. We also discuss the Pencil of the Week, the Mitsu-bishi Hi-Uni HB. Listen in for our take on this Japanese beauty and for the backstory of the Twist. Continue reading

ep-16-cover

Episode 16: The Amazing Erase

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Koh-i-Noor Magic Erasers.

The guys are living up to their podcast’s name this week, where the main topic is about erasers! Did you know, for example, that “rubber” got its name because of how it can rub out pencil marks? From latex to plastic, from kneadable erasers to, um, bread crumbs, we’re talking about our favorites. We also kick off a new feature where we all use the same pencil for a week and see how that goes. This week: The Musgrave Test Scoring 100. Plus, we discuss a new bullet pencil Kickstarter, a new pocket notebook, and more.
Continue reading

ep15-cover

Episode 15: The Joke is There is No Joke (with David Rees)

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

David-Rees Cover Photo

We have hit the guest jackpot this month, as we are joined tonight by the be-smocked Mr. David Rees, of Artisanal Pencil Sharpening and Going Deep with David Rees fame. Tonight Andy, Tim and Johnny gang up on Mr. Rees on his passion for pencil sharpening, sharpeners and his veritable inclination to explore deeply issues as how to sharpen pencils and how to make the perfect cube of ice. We begin, as we always do, with our fresh points and a discussion of Field Notes’ Reticle Graph paper, a Swiss pencil and the generosity of our listeners.

Continue reading

erasable14-cover

Episode 14: Incense Cedar House Rules

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.


Charles Berolzheimer, in pencil

This week, the men are joined by veritable Pencil Royalty: Charles Berolzheimer, or “WoodChuck”, CEO of Cal Cedar and Zurückbringer of the Blackwing. We rap about the groovy new Field Notes edition, our beverage and graphite weapons of choice and our Fresh Points. Then we grill Charles about the rebirth of the Blackwing, pencil woods and what would constitute the Ideal Pencil. He gives us his view on the role of social media in the pencil world, and how it launched the online shop that took Pencils.com from an educational resource for teachers and pencil companies alike, to a multi-brand online storefront that launched the Palomino Blackwing. Continue reading

erasable13-cover

Episode 13, “Fresh Points of Bel Aire, Part 1″

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

will-smithThis week, we have lots of Fresh Points, so we’re skipping the main topic and bringing you a lot of short discussion items! From t-shirts, to stickers, to Word. notebook packs, to back-to-school, we’re on the case. Be sure to check out our TeeSpring campaign to get in on the first-edition Erasable t-shirt before the campaign closes and they’re gone forever! And — guys — we have an amazing September lined up for you. Just you wait.

Show Notes and Links

Tools of the Trade

Episode 12: "Full Metal Pencil"

Episode 12: Full Metal Pencil

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

The first-ever Erasable t-shirt features a clean, original design. Support the podcast and show off your pencil love with pride. Click the graphic to see the campaign!

The guys interview Jeff Grant, engineer and creator of the Bullet Pencil ST Kickstarter project. He discusses his previous Kickstarter campaigns, explains his inspiration and modern twists on his proffered bullet pencil design, and takes some questions from the peanut gallery. Before that, though, we announce our very first Erasable t-shirt campaign and the winner of the Write Notepads & Co Ledger giveaway!

The first-ever Erasable t-shirt features a clean, original design. Support the podcast and show off your pencil love with pride. Click the graphic to see the campaign!

Continue reading

ep11-cover

Episode 11: Ain’t Nothing but an HB Thing

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.


The Erasable Posse is joined tonight by the Master of All Things Ink, the Legendary Mr. Brad Dowdy, the Pen Addict. The men discuss excellent new stationery items, how Pen People might enjoy the wonderful and magical world of pencils, and pose some listener questions to Grand Master Ink in the name of the Graphite Brethren. We also have a giveaway and, er, some audio hiccups.

Continue reading

Brevellier Urban Copying Pencil | Erasable, Episode 10

Episode 10: The Graphites of Wrath

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Somehow, we got all the way down to "Acceptance" today.

Somehow, we got all the way down to “Acceptance” today.

Today, the hosts got a little extra cray from an additional round of cocktails, after Andy realized he forgot to hit the “Record” button about 40 minutes into the recording. (D’oh!) So, during take two, things just disintegrated. But it’s all good, because we had a very special guest, Ana Reinert from The Well-Appointed Desk with us, who wasn’t afraid to dig in and join us in cocktails. She talks about her blog, her work with Hallmark Cards, and a pencil niche we didn’t know much about — indelible pencils! Plus, we rant about Power Pencils, Word. notebooks and the RoboCop of bullet pencils. Continue reading

Behold, the awe-some gaudiness of the glazed turtle pencil holder!

Episode 9: Bullet Pencil with Butterfly Wings

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Behold, the awe-some gaudiness of the glazed turtle pencil holder!

Behold, the awe-some gaudiness of the glazed turtle pencil holder!

On episode 9 of the The Erasable Podcast, Johnny, Andy, and Tim explore the world of bullet pencils. Johnny invents a new cocktail, “The Podcaster.” There’s a lot of “showing off” going on, and the guys wax on the injustice of the demise of the bullet pencil. But, fear not, they also discuss the recent resurgence in the interest and production of these uber-practical writing instruments. Also, the five winners of the Word. notebooks giveaways are announced, and the guys gush over a thoughtful listenership and the podcast’s new Facebook group. Continue reading

Episode 8: Heroes of Pencildom, Book the First

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.


In which we discuss the first round of Pencil Herodom, heaping praise upon some of the influential pencil-wielding individuals in our lives. We also discuss the excited new Field Notes Brand Arts & Science edition and some other general points of pencilnalia. Finally, the folks at Word. Notebooks have given us five packs of their new Indigo notebooks for a giveaway! Listen to the end to find out how to enter to win yours. Continue reading

Episode 7: Power to the PPIL

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

This week, Tim is away, so Andy and Johnny rap with Heath Cates, blogger at Pen Paper Ink Letter. They discuss #PencilWeek, a 7-day long pencil-centric series on his blog (Where Johnny and Andy guest-blogged!) These tireless Pencil People get into the mind of a fellow stationery blogger, perhaps in ways which the Interwebs have not experienced before. They discuss some of Heath’s favorite pencils, sharpeners, and how they will fit into his workflow.

Continue reading

Episode 6: The Brotherhood of the Traveling Sharpener

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

How can you have a show about pencil sharpeners without mentioning David Rees's book, "How to Sharpen Pencils"? We do our research.What good are pencils which are not sharp? In this episode, Tim, Johnny and Andy tackle the perplexing issue of pencil sharpeners. Our lovely listeners have sharp questions, and we have pointed answers. We discuss some aspects of pencil sharpeners to watch out for, the pros and cons of the KUM Longpoint sharpener, and some of our favorite sharpeners. And Johnny and Tim each order a KUM brass wedge, LIVE! Finally, things just degenerate into a discussion about Alvin and the Chipmunks, because we put the episode out of its misery.

WTH is even happening here?

WTH is even happening here?

Continue reading

Episode 5: Dazed and Reused

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.


We discuss how pencils fit into the environmental movement and some issues to think about when weighing pencils’ environmental impact. As we will see, pencils are much “greener” than one might at first assume, and there are eco-pencils to boot these days. Andy, Johnny and Tim discuss these topics and some of their favorite environmentally friendly pencils.

A quick note: We were a week late in recording and producing this episode, and embarrassingly, the day we finally were able to record, Skype was not cooperating. At a few points, the quality of audio seriously degrades. We think we have it edited so you don’t have to ensure much of that, but our apologies if we all sound like robots. We’ll work hard to make sure Skype treats us better in the future.

Continue reading

Episode 4: Woodfellas

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Although we love nothing more than sharpening up a good pencil and writing with it, there are some pencils we just want to keep in pristine shape. It’s the collector in us — an antique pencil, a souvenir pencil, a pencil advertising a business long since past. This episode is dedicated to those specimens that sit on display or, in Andy’s case, one of several cigar boxes in his basement. We’ll discuss sources of finding these sorts of pencils, discuss some of our favorites, and even let you in on a secret society of collectors, so you can network and trade with them.

Tushar Lakhanpal, 15, claims to own 14,000 pencils from 40 countries He believes his collection, which includes two pencils thought to have once belonged to Queen Elizabeth II, could be world record breaking. Click to read the full article.

Tushar Lakhanpal, 15, claims to own 14,000 pencils from 40 countries. Click to read the full article.

Continue reading

Episode 3: Indepen(cil)dance Day

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Happy National Pencil Day! It was this day in, 1858, 156 years ago, that Hyman Lipman patented the first pencil with its own eraser. To celebrate, we’re breaking our usual bi-weekly format to bring you a special “live” episode. (We can’t, of course, really go live, but we can post it right away without editing.) Rather than a “main topic”, we’ll just cover a few pencil points, and then draw winners for our giveaway!

Show Notes

CBS Sunday Morning
Baron Fig
Field Notes Shelterwood
@Woodclinched on Twitter
Pen Addict: To the Tippy Top | Ep. 99
Field Nuts
Write Notepads
Stationery Nuuuurde Day @Bindery
Mike Dudek’s Shelterwood setup
Shelterwood art : http://instagram.com/p/mLKi2ntEua/ http://instagram.com/p/mEIo90tEsf/, http://instagram.com/p/l_Tg-PtEiT/

Giveaway

Johnny’s Pencil Pack

Johnny's Pencil Pack

  • Forest Choice carpenter pencil
  • Write Notepads & Co.
  • Staedtler Wopex
  • General’s Layout
  • Ticonderoga “Beginners”
  • Staedtler Noris
  • Mystery pencil

Winner: Aly! Roel!

Tim’s Pencil Pack

Tim's Pencil Pack

  • General’s Semi-Hex
  • Musgrave Testing 100
  • Staedtler WoPex
  • General’s Cedar Point
  • Palomino Blackwing Classic

Winners: Jong! Chase!

Andy’s Pencil Pack

Andy's Pencil Pack

  • Staedtler Full HB
  • Chung Hwa
  • OBon Protect Wildlife recycled newspaper pencil
  • City of Fort Wayne pencil
  • Oxford Helix pencil
  • Palomino Blackwing Classic

Winner: Richard! Sebastian!

 

Episode 2: A Ferrule to Arms

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

We humbly present The Pencil Glossary episode, in which you will learn everything you ever wanted to know, and everything which is indispensable for you to know, about the anatomy of pencils and the terms we employ when we talk about pencils. Tim tells us about ferrules and erasers and how the two came to meet. Andy explains the process of Woodclinching and how wood becomes a pencil. Johnny talks about the graphite core and pencils and Thoreau. Before that, we chat about the spring 2014 Field Notes, the new Blackwing 602 vs. the old and assorted other Pencilnalia.

Join us next week for a special March 30th Pencil Day episode! And be sure to listen closely to this episode for a fun giveaway we’re conducting (Around 17:30).

Continue reading

Episode 1: The Inaugural Episode

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

So the audio’s a little rough, and we ramble about the philosophical implications of writing with wooden pencils, but Erasable is up and live with our inaugural episode! We’re starting off with some basics: our origin stories, why we started blogging about pencils, our top favorites, and the characteristics of a good pencil.

We’ll be back next time with a glossary episode: the terms we use when we talk about pencils.

Show Notes and Links notes

Johnny Gamber: PencilRevolution.com

Tim Wasem: TheDailyCarry.com TheWritingArsenal.com

Andy Welfle: Woodclinched.com

What pencils are you using right now?

Andy:

Johnny:

Tim:

Top 5 pencils:

Tim:

Andy:

Johnny

Where do you go to get pencils?

Links mentioned in this episode:

Pens and Pencils mentioned in this episode: