Failing to get the point ..

pencil_forest3_7429 It’s been a long time coming, but it looks like the first pencils are pushing through. Sharpening the trunks to reveal the graphite core has not been easy and has been, in many ways, a disappointment. Ideally the “lead” would have passed through the small branches which would have afforded me a source of handy sized pencils, which I would only have had to snap off, as and when needed, and sharpen with a pen/cil knife. Β A bunch of fresh young pencils, en primeur, would have made a very acceptable gift which may have turned into a profitable business. I am no stranger to snatching defeat from the jaws of victory so I was not altogether surprised by Mother Nature’s little prank. As it is, with only the availability of the sapling size, I shall be looking to the market of Scots caber tossers who might like to keep the score, with a man sized instrument, in between tosses.

Remarkably, Benjamin Franklin, sold pencils from his shop in Pennsylvania. Spelling was not his strong suit.


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Photographer and film maker living in France. After a long career in London, my wife and I have settled in the Vendee, where we run residential digital photography courses with a strong gastronomic flavour.
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18 Responses to Failing to get the point ..

  1. Mad Dog says:

    Ha ha – I hope I didn’t get the wrong end of the stick πŸ˜‰

  2. christian says:

    Well, I am totally surprised that you are getting pencils from those trees. Being from Cedar Key, I know that Eberhard Faber had a mill/pencil factory there on Atsena Otie Key, and the wisdom is that one needs to grow cedar tree pencils, in order to get proper pencil, not that stuff that you are growing. In addition I am told that my great great grand mother’s best friend was Eberhard Faber’s wife. So, obviously I am tremendously knowledge when it comes to proper pencil lore!

    Happy pencil sharpening! – christian πŸ™‚

  3. Brilliant use of a photographed tree, Roger.

  4. Are pencils grown in a similar way to asparagus, Roger?

  5. Eha says:

    Beautiful photo with more than one point ‘to get’ methinks πŸ™‚ !

  6. Brilliant, brilliant! A most pointed post πŸ™‚

  7. Ha ha! Gotta’ love Photoshop. πŸ˜‰

  8. You are so clever with photoshop…you get right to the point.

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