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Old 11-07-2011, 05:09 PM
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Question Pencils-consistent carving quality?

Does anyone know of a pencil that is a good carving candate?
Around here the pickings are slim--mostly Dixon Ticonderoga and they are OK but looking for something a little more consistent and muti-colored.
The Ticonderoga black or yellow "Worlds Best Pencil" carve OK- once in a while one is tough to carve but only found in black or yellow.
The Dixon #2 pencils are fairly good to carve with some very tough to do anything with but they come in 4 colors.
I really would like to find a pencil that comes in different colors and is of consistent wood quality for carving.
Yep I know I am asking for a lot but worth a try. :<)
I did try the search and had no luck.
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I like your carvings. I'd call your designs more wood spirits or wizards than Santa Claus designs which I have been doing.

Here in Northern Virginia there is a kids store, Lake Shore Learning Center, where I have been able to buy oversize pencils by the dozen. They are painted red with eraser and gold letter. I've had good look carving in a Santa Claus face into about 15 to 18 dozen of these over the last three years - 7 dozen this year for Christmas gifts in the stocking stuffer category. I burn in the eyebrows, eyes and beard so I might have avoid some problems with the wood. I did encounter some minor grain reversing but only ruined one pencil out of this year's 7 dozen and that could be laid to operator error as much as wood issues.

I you attempt to buy via internet, specific round models as they sell one that is a triagle shape with the points rounded vice sharp (in these I don't like the finished shape as well.

Note: The pencils I bought this year had some damage to the paint job as the base of the metal part the wholes the eraser - no big problem, perhaps a misaligned machine, but, a deredation to past years quality.

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Old 11-08-2011, 09:32 PM
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Thanks, they are just a simple wood spirit face. It takes about 10-15 minutes to carve one
depending on the pencil and my ambition.
For the larger pencils I have been using "My First Ticonderoga" that I can find at the local Wal Mart. They are very consistent with some grain reversal in the halves but still very carvable.
I would like to find a standard size #2 pencil that is good to carve and available in multiple colors.
The trouble I have is often the lead is not centered and that forces the carving on the seam and then the difference in wood can get very tricky.
I don't mind getting a few bad pencils now and then but hesitate to order a gross of pencils and have a large percent be a problem or non carvable.
But after all is said they are fun to carve and the real reward is giving them away.
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Hi!
Have you tried Oriental Trading Co.? They have a lot of pencils that come in a colors. They are listed as "personalized" but I don't think you have to have them personalized. They also sell packs in different colors than are usually seen...even tie-dyed.
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Thanks for the reply jimp.
The pencils from Oriental Trading that I have tried were made of a hard stringy wood and do not carve very well. The wood type combined with the heavy plastic like coating is a bad combination for carving. The coating really bonds to the wood so they splinter more than carve.
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I just use normal cheap pencils, only ever had one that couldn't be used the wood was too soft and the lead had shattered into lots of little pieces.
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Hi fly-fisher, Thanks for the reply.
I am using the cheap type also but was hoping for something better. The usual things I run into are the differences in the wood of the 2 halves and the lead being way off center. That said I found one the other day that had no lead in it at all. You never know what you will find.
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I like your pencils! I have gotten somewhat fatter pencils from Amazon.com Just search for Husky pencils. I think they only come in red but that's a great color for doing Santas. I think a dozen costs like 2 or 3 bucks.
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I use and love Palomino pencils for writing, but I don't know how they will carve.

Nice pencil carvings! When I carve pencils, I use the cheap fat ones.
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Thanks Bob K and Nomad :<)
The pencils in the photo are standard #2 pencils (approx 7mm) and I do carve some of the larger pencils. They are the "My First Ticonderoga"(approx 10mm) and they are pretty good to carve and seem consistent.
I like to carve pencils to hand out at any activity where the club has a table . With good carving ones I can do one every 10-12 minutes. The not so good ones take longer so I am always looking to speed the process.
It is such a great feeling to see how happy something this simple can make people.
Nomad where do you get palomino pencils? I get the Ticonderoga/Dixon ones at Wal Mart (or Office Depot).
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