Brevellier Urban Copying Pencil | Erasable, Episode 10

Episode 10: The Graphites of Wrath

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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Episode 6: The Brotherhood of the Traveling Sharpener

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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?

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Episode 5: Dazed and Reused

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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.

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Episode 4: Woodfellas

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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.

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Episode 3: Indepen(cil)dance Day

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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

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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).

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Episode 1: The Inaugural Episode

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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

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