|2/13/19 An unattractive corner of our backyard sketched with a vintage |
Derwent carpenter's pencil. All of these varying line widths and marks came from
its two ends sharpened with different points.
A few days ago, a YouTube video about carpenter’s pencils was brought to my attention. Intended for actual carpenters, not sketchers, the video explains why carpenter’s pencils are flat, how their standard dimensions are useful in carpentry, and other fascinating information. Watching it being sharpened was especially informative to a novice knife sharpener like me.
|Carpenter's pencils sharpened Darth Maul style!|
A couple of year ago I discovered a Uni Mitsubishi graphite pencil with a 10B core called a fude enpitsu (“brush pencil”). Sharpened to a chisel point, it can make a wide range of line widths, just like the fude fountain pen nibs that have been my favorite for years. But now that I’ve been using these carpenter-style drawing pencils, I’d have to say that the vintage Derwents are the true fude of pencils.
|Pointy on one end. . .|
|. . . blunt on the other.|
|I had so much fun that I gave myself a blister.|
|Here's the chisel point on one end of the pencil I used for this sketch.|