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Forum topic by 7Footer posted 12-04-2013 04:48 PM 2272 views 0 times favorited 28 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-04-2013 04:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: david rees pencil sharpening atrisanal pencil sharpening 2

David Rees' How to Sharpen Pencils video, it’s a gem!

It’s a little long but give it time.

I searched LJ’s figuring someone had already posted a link to this but didn’t didn’t find anything so apologies if this has already been seen around here. Steve Ramsey posted a link to this video on Facebook yesterday.

I see that his ‘Artisanal Pencil Sharpening’ book is sold out and has a few reviews here on LJ’s, but he has a new book How to Sharpen Pencils

Hope you enjoy!


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#1 posted 12-04-2013 05:12 PM

His video was halting and stuttering, so I skipped it.

-- As ever, Gus-the 83 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#2 posted 12-04-2013 05:16 PM

Gus, on the bottom right of the video it says HD, if you click on it that will turn off the HD quality and it will play smoother and wont take as long to buffer…. Or get a better computer.


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#3 posted 12-04-2013 06:19 PM

Too long for me, but he has a kick ass bench… :-)

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#4 posted 12-04-2013 06:34 PM

Meh, I usually like that type of humor, but this one just didn’t do it for me.

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#5 posted 12-04-2013 06:57 PM

That’s 3 minutes and 25 seconds of my life I will never get back. I couldn’t get through it all.

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#6 posted 12-04-2013 07:00 PM

Life’s too short man! And, why does he need such a huge bench to sharpen pencils…...?!

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#7 posted 12-04-2013 07:05 PM

Geez fellas lighten up! Bunch of grumpy asses around here. It’s obviously not serious, guess it’s not for everyone.

His best line comes at about 7:20 when he starts sanding the graphite.


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#8 posted 12-04-2013 07:15 PM

yeah Meh!

He should have been using a plane!

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#9 posted 12-04-2013 07:34 PM

I watched this yesterday and thought it was hilarious. If you dont watch till the end you are cheating yourself.

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#10 posted 12-04-2013 07:42 PM

Well executed tongue in cheek video short in the spirit of Zen and the Art of Pencil Sharpening.

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#11 posted 12-04-2013 08:22 PM

hilarious… I watch some comedies on TV why not this one?

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#12 posted 12-04-2013 08:41 PM

I lost 15 IQ points watching that video, and only watched less than 2 minutes of it. I’m usually good for oddball humor and especially some good satire & parody, but that video was painful.

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#13 posted 12-04-2013 09:09 PM

so THAT was what I’ve been doing wrong all these years. I never did FULLY rotate the pencil between two hands 360 degrees while inspecting the graphite. And always used a Wu-Tang tshirt. I shall fix both of these discrepancies to further master the art of sharpening a pencil

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#14 posted 12-04-2013 09:22 PM

It was filmed at Roy Underhill’s Woodwrights School. For those who couldn’t get through it.

peace, T

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#15 posted 12-05-2013 12:53 PM

well there is 10 minutes of my life I’ll never get back

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