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Episode 14: Incense Cedar House Rules

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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

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

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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.

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Episode 12: "Full Metal Pencil"

Episode 12: Full Metal Pencil

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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!

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Episode 11: Ain’t Nothing but an HB Thing

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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.

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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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