I saw this concept on a trip to Tate modern art gallery in London, These natural pencils were on sale for £7/$15, i really liked the idea but i thought the price was ridiculous for something so simple. After about 30 minutes of work i had made my own natural Stick-Pencil.

This project is very simple to do but it is incredibly rewarding, you get to make something that you can customize and actually use, it's better than a regular pencil because it looks great and it feels good in your hand.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

This project is very simple and it can be done in many ways, if you do not have the exact tools on this list, don't worry , just use something similar or improvise.

  • Secateurs (garden scissors)
  • Gardening gloves
  • Sandpaper
  • A Pencil (thicker the graphite the better)
  • Drill (can be any type)
  • Glue
  • A Stick
<p>This is a really cool idea! I'm definitely going to try it out.</p>
I made a few of these, its really easy <br>Some thigs that make it better:<br>Use a saw to cut the stick it does not cause split fibers.(only needed with dry wood)<br>Clamp the stick while you are drilling.<br>When cutting the w
<p>When cutting the tip use the same techniques as if you were carving wood, it will make a better looking tip<br>Thanks for the tutorial its a great idea.<br>I will be making some colored pencils soon :) <br><br>PS: yes my pictures were taken after I had the pencils all glued, forgot that you needed pictures to claim a made it XD </p>
<p>This is really awesome :)</p>
ima try it right now
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That's pretty cool. It probably works for pens too.
Cool pencil.
This works great with: <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-make-charcoal-pencils/">http://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-make-charcoal-pencils/</a> , Keep it up!<br/>
great -ible, tate modern eh how did ya like the urinal on display?
I saw that, didn't like it much. Did you also see the all white canvas? Art used to be a skill; something that was admired because most people couldn't do what the artists could.
ya there should be like a rule or something cause any 3 yr old can make modern art there even was a story of a sculptures base being sent separate and the people who put it together got the base first and only put the base on display
The 2mm leads used by draftsmen and artists in lead holders are about the same diameter as the typical pencil lead. Staedtler, Faber-Castell, Sanford, Helix, KOH-I-NOOR and Alvin are among the best-known manufacturers whose leads are sold in most artist, hobby and drafting supply stores. The leads come in wax colors and several degrees of graphite hardness.
Cool, Thanks for the info
Cool, Thanks
:P thx
How can you get it out??? It always breaks for me! Anyone have an idea?
use the pencil as a welding rod, the wood will burn off pretty quick, way before the graphite starts to melt heh
so when customising, if or when i want to swap the graphite inside with a pen, how will i do it? what happens to the glue inside?
It's pretty permanent so you can't really swap the graphite for a pen unless you make a new stick pencil
I'd use a nice ´piece of wood to cover a cheap but great koh-i-noor 2.0mm leadholder. Koh-i-noor are inexpensive and great tools. And you can get all the lead you want from cheapo chinese pencils... ;)
in the boys life magazine (its for boy scouts) there was an article on how to do this&lt;br/&gt;&lt;a rel=&quot;nofollow&quot; href=&quot;http://www.boyslife.org/hobbies-projects/projects/5095/the-write-stuff/&quot;&gt;http://www.boyslife.org/hobbies-projects/projects/5095/the-write-stuff/&lt;/a&gt; &lt;br/&gt;<br/>
Cool ! Thanks for the link :D
your welcome
Now you can carve it into cool shapes and sizes
today is not September 30!
what do you mean ??
oh, sorry. I thought it was September 30, but it isn't, several things happened and I ended up posting this comment.
Terrific little project! Great instructions (even showing me a picture of what "ourdoors looks like! ;-) ) and easy to make project. I listed it as a favorite. Is that what you meant as voting? If not, tell me how to vote to get you in the book as well! Scott ssives@verizon.net
Awesome Thanks !!!
very cool! i do see one flaw though, what do you do when your tip is gone? i am guessing it is to big for a sharpener. seeing that ii might try this with a mechanical pencil glued into the stick (with the top covered with wood) so it can be reused when the tip is gone. will get pictures if it if it works, do you mind if i post i instructable? i will be sure to give you credit.
yea sure go ahead, credit would be nice :D about the tip, you just re-share it like in step 7, Using a knife you just cut the wood back and make the graphite pointy
it just started raining hard so i can't get a stick from outside. i will just have to wait till tomorrow.
Great Instructable. I wish you wouldn't use live wood, but that's a personal choice. Either way, I think I'm going to make this.
it was a big bush and i sealed the cut so it wont get infected :)
very nice instructable! I am sooo going to favorite this!
Thanks :D
Ur welcome
Here's a pen that I made from a hedge branch.
Awesome !! Thats great !
Dammit i thought this would get featured......
It should of been. Its an interesting project, artful, clever, and cheap.
Thanks :P, their haven't been many featured 'ibles latley
Np. I haven't noticed... I'm kinda new...
How'd you find the best site ever?
What do you mean?
Do you mean "how did you find Instructables"? I was trying to make something on the cheap and a google search brought up this site. About a year later I decided to go to the home page and actually check it out.
Yeah me too! I was trying to find out how to make paper shurikens.
hey, i was looking to make metal stars! never got around to it tho...

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