Inside One of America's Last Pencil Factories
The New York Times Magazine
February 14, 2018

That essay went after my own maker’s heart:  big, Rube Goldberg-esque machines, bursts of color in grayness of steel and graphite, gigantic machines as well as human hands dedicated to making  millions of pencils.   Think about a pencil:  the simple, hexagonal stick with graphite encased in it, pointed on one end with tip of graphite exposed and finished with pink eraser encased in metal ferrule on the other end?  It is one of the most useful and persistent tools of creative people of all kinds, a design that takes that highest prize:  it is so perfect that it has remained essentially unchanged for couple of centuries.