Pencil History

If you work with pencils as much as I do, sooner or later you become interested in their history. Pencils have been around for a long time! If you’re a pencil nerd, like I am, you might enjoy this brief history of the pencil by Sterling Picard at

If you enjoyed that, you might also enjoy this lovely page called Antique Mechanical Pencil Sharpeners at

Happy drawing!

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About Carol

I'm an artist, author, and teaching artist. I've been writing about drawing on this website since 1999 and drawing since I was old enough to hold a pencil. I love teaching others how to draw too.
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