Pencil Factory Love!
I'm a huge sucker for videos and pictures of factories. It must be the production worker in me that just loves looking at the process and creativity used by both machines and people to create things in mass quantity. Someday I will tour General Pencil's factory but for now I will swoon over the pics and videos I can see on it from far away. There is a NY Times article from a few years ago that has incredibly beautiful pictures from the factory. I'll admit, I have had the tab on my computer open with it for far too long. If I am having a hard day or just need a cheerful pickup I will go gaze at the scrumptious pictures in that article. The button at the end of this links to the NYT article. It will likely inspire you to scroll through the pics over and over again yourself.
There is something I have always loved about factories in general, but factories of art supplies are even more exciting to me. Be still my heart! I love machines, tools, and factory floors full of products being created. It's fascinating to watch the people making the products, and see how they each bring them to life using all the tools and machines. Of course, being the production girl that I am, I also sometimes wonder how fun (or not) it is to fix those machines when something goes wrong. What kind of maintenance does the pencil point sharpening machine require? Am I the only one that wonders these weird things? haha. The mechanics of it all are as beautiful to me as the final product.
General Pencil is one of the first pencil factories in the USA and has been operating since the late 1800's. They still make drawing pencils, charcoal pencils, erasers, sharpeners, masters brush soap cleaners, and many other "classic" art supplies you likely already own. General Pencil is now one of the last pencil factories in the USA. They are celebrating Artists, Art Teachers, & Artisan Pencil Makers as General Pencil Company looks ahead another 125 years. See Portrait Artist David Kassan sketch a live charcoal portrait at the General Pencil Factory in Jersey City, NJ with Dickinson High School Art Students several years ago in the video below.
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Watch the video of the factory below or click the button link to the NYT article below if you want to check out more amazing pencil factory love.
General Pencil's Website: https://www.generalpencil.com/
David Kassan https://www.davidkassan.com/
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