The Finer Points Of David Rees
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[The Finer Points Of David Rees]
[David Rees] Source: LYBIO.net
My name is David Rees and I have an Artisanal Pencil Sharpening business, people will pay me to sharpen their pencils.
The oldest way to put a point on a pencil is using a straight blade, take the straight blade and apply to the edge of one of the hexagonal sides of the shaft. Your first couple of rotations around the shaft, all you’re trying to do is expose the unfinished cedar wood, this is basically a two stage process, the first stage is to remove enough cedar, so that the graphite is exposed. So here you can see and this is just really rough, not doing this for esthetics we are just doing this for functionality and I have exposed the graphite core in the middle of the pencil. And now for the second stage, we are going to shape the graphite and create our pencil point.
Oh I quit political cartooning and I got a job at the United States Census in the spring of 2010, and on the first day of Census training, they had us open our supply kits and inside there are few pencils and a pencil sharpener because you fill out the forms in Number 2 pencils for the Scantron machines, and so on the first day of staff training, staff trainer was like all right now everybody sharpen your pencil, so we were all like standing around this trash cans, sharpening our pencils with these little pocket sharpeners and it was so satisfying and fun, that I thought I want to figure out how to get paid to sharpen pencils.
So this used to be a paper clip factory here in Beacon, New York, and as you can tell we have the ghost image of some paper clips and some old rusted paper clips, there’s a lot of abandoned factories and warehouses here in Beacon, and there’s a lot of abandoned factories and warehouses all over the country, so there’s something very different about an empty warehouse that’s been abandoned as opposed to an empty warehouse that’s about to kick into production the next day. The ladder is kind of the same thing as unblemished office supply, so it’s just a lot of promise and potential in a brand new empty ledger book or a brand new freshly sharpened pencil that hasn’t been applied to the page yet.
Just makes you think about, you know, the past of our country and the future of our country and how probably all going to die, starving to death and tearing each other apart in a some kind of wasteland.
Why did you quit political cartooning?
[David Rees] Source: LYBIO.net
I was always going to quit when George W. Bush left office, because I was making me depressed and also I was getting kind of impatient, I was ready to do different things, like different projects, I remember when all the photos came out from the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, you know that was just kind of depressing and so dark, and it was, but I knew, that I had to make cartoons about it and people were e-mailing me saying when you are going to make cartoons about this? Where are the cartoons about Abu Ghraib? And part of me was like, you know what I really wanted to do is just like hide under the covers in each cereal and not think for a couple of months.
So I had to create a kind of taxonomy of terms of to describe different parts of the pencil point, so I described the pencil point as beginning where the unshaped shafted the pencil stops and ending at the tip of the pencil. I call this whole thing the point, the exposed cedar of the point, I call the collar, so the collar bottom is where the unshaped cedar shaft ends and the exposed cedar cone begins that’s the collar bottom, the collar-top is where the cedar ends and the graphite begins, that I call the collar top.
So I’m gonna to read to you a passage from my new book, “How to Sharpen Pencils” Cutting into the shaft of the pencil and removing its point can be an emotionally wrenching experience, after all as pencil sharpeners we are taught to perfect and protect the point at all costs and this amputation may feel perverse and unjust. If the process feels you leaving bereft or ashamed, rest assured your melancholy will be displaced by satisfaction soon enough, it’s the predestined arc of the pencil point is conjured anew by your hand.
I’ve started my pencil sharpening business as my marriage was ending, and so it’s kind of like, I started this project and got obsessed with pencils and pencil sharpeners at a time when I really was kind of a drift in terms of my identity professionally because I quit cartooning, and then also personally because I was no longer a husband.
This is just a rubber plumbing tubing that you can buy at any hardware store, and you can see that it fits over a pencil point, so this is the first step of protecting the pencil point; is to actually cut a length of rubber tubing that’s long enough to fit entirely over the pencil point; so that it’s not left exposed before you put it in the mail. And this tubing is simply placed over the shaft of the pencil and around the tip of the pencil, so there you go, that’s the first step.
If I am sharpening pencils at a party or a convention and a person plans to use their pencil pretty quickly then I’ll just hand it to them with this sheath, this protective sheath placed over the pencil point.
I kind of like being limited or having constraints when I’m being creative just makes it, I get overwhelmed if you can do whatever you want, I just get overwhelmed and shutdown, so like making comics with clip art, that’s a good limitation because you can’t draw anything, so you just have to write around whatever images you find, I guess the same is true of HTML. Like HTML’s pretty bare bones, I know like may be five different tags, like center, bold, italic size, font size, font color, and so you just try to have as much fun with it as you can, like I build this website for this fake advertising agency called JOEY the MIDWIFE, and I made all of these like online viral ads for like Pepsi and Toyota or whatever Duracell Batteries, I mean I wasn’t commissioned to make the ads, I just made them for fun, and it was just supposed to be like really silly and goofy and that was all HTML and I think that may be laugh harder than anything I’ve ever made, nobody, not many people ever really got into it, but for me it was like really, really made me happy.
I think most of my clients don’t actually use my pencils, they just keep them as a art objects or conversation pieces or inspirational talismans so these displayed tubes work really well, I got a cap on each end and now you can see that the pencil point is protected twice, first by that rubber sheeting and now by the shatterproof plastic tube.
Pencil tip is unbroken, you would never know that I had been thrown across in empty warehouse; again that just speaks to the thoroughness of the research I did, when I started my business. One of the appeals of starting the business was I thought it would be cool to use the internet to send people pencils in the mail. Because pencils are like really kind of the opposite of the internet in many ways, and so I thought it was cool to combine those two different technologies; like a really old method of communication the pencil and then a really new method of communication Social Networking in the internet.
[David Rees] Source: LYBIO.net
You can see if you look closely that the pencil is moving into the sharpener and now the pencil has stopped moving into the sharpener, so we will open the aperture, remove the pencil and you can see that we’ve put a lovely long point on this Palomino Blackwing pencil, again this is the difference between machine and man, machines are perfect and man are flawed, once I got into Number 2 Wooden pencils again, it really made me kind of despise mechanical pencils and the people who use mechanical pencils and the people who brag about how their mechanical pencil never need sharpening, I mean fuck you, fuck you, you fucking cock sucker.
Shavings are part of the pencil, and so they should be returned to the client along with the pencil, and you can see that this pencil uses high-quality red cedar because the color of the shavings is very nice, it’s look like salmon, I’ll label these when I get back to the office; it’s a real business like it’s not a joke, like I literally sharpen people’s pencils for them and I do a good job, you know I’ve done over 450 pencils, I’ve never had one returned, I rarely get good complaints about my handy work.
I’ve met a lot of nice people sharpening the pencils, I got hired to sharpen pencils on a cruise ship in the Caribbean, that was cool, you know, I literally sharpen a pencil on a Jamaican waterfall, so I guess and so far that has increased my overall stockpile of happy memories, yeah, it has been therapeutic.
What I find interesting is how mad some people get about it like and there’s some article about it in a newspaper, sometimes the people in the comment sections are so furious, and part of me is like; guys, like you don’t need to overthink it, it is, what it is; like people will pay me money and I send them a really sharp pencil and that’s about it.
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