This morning I became enamored with an artisanal pencil sharpening business. I often pitch the power that comes with owning a particular niche and David Rees, a political cartoonist turned craftsman, has taken this premise to the next level.
In New York’s Hudson River Valley, David has taken manual pencil sharpening to some rarified air typically inhabited by Swiss watchmakers and wine sommeliers.
“A SHARP PENCIL IS THE SALVATION OF THE WORLD” according to David and over the last 2 years, this pencil-pushing artist has been selling an authentic interaction with your pencil for $20 a pop. Not only do you get a perfectly sharpened pencil, but David will also include the original shavings and a “certificate of sharpening” to hang on the wall. Who wouldn’t appreciate the simple pleasure that a bespoke #2 pencil could add to any occasion.