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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.
 
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Step 1: Tools and Materials

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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.

Tools
  • Secateurs (garden scissors)
  • Gardening gloves
  • Sandpaper
  • A Pencil (thicker the graphite the better)
  • Drill (can be any type)
  • Glue
  • A Stick

Step 2: Sourcing your wood

First of all you need to get a stick of wood. So put on your gloves, pick up your cutting tool and head on out into the wild (aka back garden)

What to look for
  • First of all look for a bush...
  • Then find a straight section of a branch
  • It doesn't matter if the section has other branches coming off it, you can cut and sand these down.
  • You don't want it to feel like a log in your hand so pretend to hold the branch like its a pencil and see if it is the right thickness, The section i used was 14mm thick.

Now you need to cut the section off, the pencil should be around 17cm long so cut a 20cm section just in case you make a mistake and need to trim a bit off.

Now you have a big leafy section, trim off all the other branches and leaves until you have the plain straight section.
pugglepaws3 months ago

This is really awesome :)

ima try it right now
KottonKandy3 years ago
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That's pretty cool. It probably works for pens too.
Colonel884 years ago
Cool pencil.
bullet-head5 years ago
benz_z5 years ago
great -ible, tate modern eh how did ya like the urinal on display?
Whaleman benz_z5 years ago
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.
benz_z Whaleman5 years ago
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
penciling5 years ago
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.
=SMART= (author)  penciling5 years ago
Cool, Thanks for the info
=SMART= (author)  penciling5 years ago
Cool, Thanks
amakerguy5 years ago
AWESOME!!!
=SMART= (author)  amakerguy5 years ago
:P thx
Shrimp7825 years ago
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
GodsLove5 years ago
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?
=SMART= (author)  GodsLove5 years ago
It's pretty permanent so you can't really swap the graphite for a pen unless you make a new stick pencil
pudicobar5 years ago
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<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.boyslife.org/hobbies-projects/projects/5095/the-write-stuff/">http://www.boyslife.org/hobbies-projects/projects/5095/the-write-stuff/</a> <br/>
=SMART= (author)  the gizmoman5 years ago
Cool ! Thanks for the link :D
your welcome
Now you can carve it into cool shapes and sizes
Kaiven5 years ago
today is not September 30!
=SMART= (author)  Kaiven5 years ago
what do you mean ??
Kaiven =SMART=5 years ago
oh, sorry. I thought it was September 30, but it isn't, several things happened and I ended up posting this comment.
scottaaa5 years ago
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
=SMART= (author)  scottaaa5 years ago
Awesome Thanks !!!
dsman1952765 years ago
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.
=SMART= (author)  dsman1952765 years ago
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.
Jedi Ronin5 years ago
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.
=SMART= (author)  Jedi Ronin5 years ago
it was a big bush and i sealed the cut so it wont get infected :)
Sunny1246135 years ago
very nice instructable! I am sooo going to favorite this!
=SMART= (author)  Sunny1246135 years ago
Thanks :D
Ur welcome
Here's a pen that I made from a hedge branch.
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=SMART= (author)  Zengineer16185 years ago
Awesome !! Thats great !
=SMART= (author) 5 years ago
Dammit i thought this would get featured......
It should of been. Its an interesting project, artful, clever, and cheap.
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