Artisanal pencil sharpening: No, this is not a joke.

Does anyone use yellow pencils anymore? I can’t remember the last time I used a pencil at all, let alone one that required sharpening. But no matter. David Rees still wants to sharpen your pencils. Literally.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, he explains why he pursued this career path: “When I was working for the 2010 census, we were each issued No. 2 pencils and a manual sharpener. We all sharpened our pencils on the first day of training, and I was like, ‘I’m feeling this. This rules. I like sharpening pencils.’ It had been a while since I had done it. And the more I thought about it, the more I was like, ‘If I could figure out how to get paid to sharpen pencils, I would be happy.’ So I decided to become an artisanal pencil sharpener.”

If that’s not working your love then I don’t know what is. So why not let him lovingly sharpen a pencil for you by hand? You’ll even get a little bag of the shavings with your order. Oh, and, every pencil David Rees sharpens is shipped with a certificate authenticating that it is now a dangerous object. True story.


Photo Credit: Meredith Heuert