I like pencils. I very much like writing with pencils. I nearly always have a pencil with me, and the house is full of pencils - though they all hide when I urgently need to write a note!
Today I came across a book: The Secret Life of the Pencil, which would make a perfect stocking filler for so many folks who draw. The pencil makes such a splendid sculptural object and looks good in a photograph. Below are a couple of spreads from the book:
and this one from here
There is a review and more photos here
I quickly scanned a few of my favourite pencils - I have several with animals stuck on the end, of which these are the few that are within reach of my pc. My absolute favourite pencils of all time are the black ones in the middle. They are what are left of the five I received as a gift from my god-daughter many years ago, bought by her for a few pence in Woolworths in Nicosia! They write beautifully, not too hard, and not too soft - and I love that elegant simplicity of all black.