Got Band-Aids? Porcupine Wood ‘N Pencil Holders

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Project by woodpezzer posted 07-23-2012 12:12 AM 6838 views 29 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The variety of color, texture, smell and figure in wood never ceases to amaze me. Many woods are so beautiful I can just stare at the grain for hours. Some I love to sand just to have a pleasant scent wafting through the air. And other woods beckon to be touched and worked. I wanted a sort of record of all the species of wood I’ve used and decided to create a porcupine with exotic and domestic wood “quills”. There are 55 different species of wood on this critter. I plan to add to this with each new species I’m lucky enough to acquire by purchase, gift or found on the roadside.

The small porcupine holds a few pencils I like to keep handy while sketching projects. That one, I will keep nearby. The momma porcupine will go high up on a shelf well out of reach of any visiting youngsters!

The last picture shows the early planning stage using a 2 inch thick piece of polystyrene. I wanted to make sure the size of the porcupine body would be large enough for the number of quills I made with room for more down the road.

Both porcupines are finished with Watco Danish Oil followed by Watco wipe-on poly. It’s hard to tell from the crappy pictures (sorry) but the finish is actually really nice. I like that wipe-on poly!

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 07-23-2012 12:17 AM

What a great idea! And they are cute as the dickens too. I would love to have one of these little guys on my desk for pencils, but the one with the wood species is truly special. I agree about wood beckoning to be touched – perhaps that is why we are here instead of on Facebook!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#2 posted 07-23-2012 12:30 AM

That is brilliant. Great idea and one that is very flexible.

-- I never finish anyth

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#3 posted 07-23-2012 01:06 AM

Kookaburra, You are more than welcome to make one for yourself! I would be honored that someone liked the idea enough to want one. I wanted to be able to pull them out at will and revisit the color and grain so the “quills” are not glued in. I thought it might also be useful to help with pairing woods together. Thanks so much for the compliment!

Philip, I was a bit worried that people might think it was crazy to do something like this. What a relief! Thanks so much for your kind words!

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#4 posted 07-23-2012 01:31 AM

Elegantly simple, and simply elegant! Consider your idea stol…er, borrowed. I think your pencil holder design will make wonderful xmas presents for some grandchildren I’m very fond of. Thanks for sharing your artistic flair. LJ is where I come for project inspiration.

-- Chuck near Nashville - “All you are unable to give possesses you” (Andre Gide)

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#5 posted 07-23-2012 01:34 AM

Thank you woodpezzer – I shall make one then with your permission. I have a nice piece of figured maple which I think will make a fine porcupine.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#6 posted 07-23-2012 02:19 AM

Have a friend that collects pencils. Think I need to make her one of these. Thanks for posting.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#7 posted 07-23-2012 04:33 AM

TNwoodchuck, That sounds perfect! You will have fun picking out pencils for the grandkids. Party City, I think it’s called, has hundreds of themed pencils for children and various special occasions. Thank you for your kind comment!

Kookaburra, I bet figured maple will look fantastic! I hope you post it when it’s done! The small porcupine is 4 ¾ high X 8 ¾ long X 1 3/8 thick. Thanks again!

Pimzedd, A pencil collection would look very cool. :) Thank you!

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#8 posted 07-23-2012 02:56 PM

Awesome!...I love it. I assume you have a dowel maker?

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#9 posted 07-23-2012 05:19 PM

Daniel Wise, I made the “quills” by spinning a ¼ X ¼ square on the bench sander then chucked it into a drill press. A bearing in a piece of wood to insert the bottom of the quill helped reduce the wobble. A dowel maker sure would have been handy! Glad you like it.. Thanks so much!

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#10 posted 07-23-2012 08:31 PM

What size drill bit did you use to get the perfect pencil diameter please? And very nice job by the way!

-- --Now we are surrounded sir. "Excellent private, now we can attack in any direction."

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#11 posted 07-23-2012 09:31 PM

that is cool!

-- Ride hard or go home~

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#12 posted 07-23-2012 10:52 PM

Sawdustmaster, A 19/64 drill bit will fit a number 2 pencil. Thanks for the comment!

dust4tears, Thanks, much appreciated!

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#13 posted 07-24-2012 06:39 AM

Very nice and practical idea.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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