QalamSila

Build Anything Using 3D Printed Pencil Connectors

Be an architect, own a plane, and become someone’s favorite gift-giver. All of these things are possible with QalamSila. Only two ingredients are necessary for this concoction: plastic connectors that can be printed using any 3D printer (or purchased pre-printed) and woodcased pencils. QalamSila (pronounced similarly to “Godzilla”) emerged from the first 3D printing and […]

Quality

A classroom inspired by pencils

A couple of years ago, I met William Maguire, a teacher from Rowley, Massachusetts who has a very special classroom program involving pencils. At the beginning of the school year, William gives each student a wooden box filled with Golden Bear, Prospector and ForestChoice pencils, erasers and a sharpener. When any of his students outperform expectations, he lets them […]

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Choosing the Right Pencil Shape

Hardness and material are important aspects to be considered when choosing a pencil.  Pencil shape, however, is often overlooked.  Though it may seem cosmetic, pencil shape affects grip, comfortability, and, for learners, writing style and technique. Picking the right pencil shape is not as daunting as it sounds.  We’re going to guide you through the […]

Pencil Artist Madonna Hassinen

Pencil Artist of the Week: Madonna Hassinen

This week’s featured pencil artist is Madonna Hassinen, a pencil artist from Helsinki, Finland. Madonna is inspired by the Golden Age of Disney animated films, and this inspiration shows through in her work. Her drawings feature the smooth, confident lines that are the hallmark of an experienced animator, and her DeviantArt gallery is filled with (literally) […]

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ForestChoice School Pencils In the Hands of Over 60,000 Students

9 years ago, in its first-ever pencil review, Pencil Revolution said, “Writing with a ForestChoice pencil is just as pleasurable as holding or beholding them.” Today, the ForestChoice #2 pencil has established itself as a high-quality, FSC-certified alternative to the crummy school pencils in the hands of our students, and people are taking notice. Earlier this year, Palomino partnered with […]

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The Best of Comic Con 2014 – Illustration Edition

San Diego Comic Con International has provided fans with a wellspring of comic book culture and exclusive content since 1970.  One of its biggest attractions is the wealth of prints and artwork available from some of the most renowned artists in the comic book world.  We’ve been scouring Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram drooling over all […]