YoutubeDavid Rees, author of the new book “How to Sharpen Pencils” shares his equipment and technique, using Palomino Blackwing pencils. Artisanal Pencil Sharpening is part of the BLACKWING EXPERIENCE, an interactive exhibition and event celebrating the iconic tool of the creative fields at the Art Directors Club on April 17th, 2012.


Do I use pencils anymore?  No.  Does anybody on planet earth use pencils anymore?  No.  (Lee Corso notwithstanding)   Do I need to hire this professional pencil sharpener at the Stool?  Absolutely.   Because this is what building an empire is all about.  Assembling a team of individuals each with their own unique set of talents.   You walk into one room and you have the Lord of Cotton Candy.   You walk into another room and you have a professional pencil sharpener.   You walk into a 3rd room and you have Sales Guy doing nothing.  When you combine all the talents you have an unstoppable fighting machine.   That’s how you win wars.    And  yes I would keep an automatic pencil sharpener on my desk just so whenever the professional pencil sharpener disappointed me I’d threaten to use the automatic right in face.   You know that must be the equivalent of pouring hot lava on this guy’s head.