Sunday, September 27, 2020

Graphite Stick Holder Thingummy


I'm a sucker for new tools. This one is a mechanical pencil for holding big, fat, greasy, black graphite sticks (or charcoal, or sanguine, or whatever). It came with a raw wood barrel; I gave it a few coats of shellac so that my finger-grease won't make it look too disgusting too fast.

I have another one somewhere that I bought decades ago, but exactly where it is I'm not sure. I was using it as a scraper/burnisher holder for doing mezzotints, but it's not with my printmaking stuff — no doubt I've put it somewhere very safe.

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