Home Depot Carpenter Pencils
For someone who eyeballs her shelves – despite owning a level – and has no real desire to build anything, I spend an awful lot of time at Home Depot. Though I should admit, the store mostly feeds my I’m-too-cheap-for-costco-membership-but-I-still-want-to-buy-48-rolls-of-tp-at-once need and as has helped me with a few home improvement projects.
I don’t really use pencils much; once I could use pens in elementary school I never looked back. However, who can turn away from $0.11 bright orange carpenter pencils. And inspired by this post on the topic I decided to road test my own.
As I’ve previously mentioned I am not an artist, but I don’t think you need to be one to appreciate the carpenter pencil’s most useful feature – its shape.
I have never been on a roof in any construction capacity, but I suspect it’s probably a good idea not having to chase down a roll away pencil. Yay for engineering.
The shape also had the surprising side effect of providing a good twenty minutes of writing entertainment. If I use pencils at all, which I already mentioned is quite rare, I opt for those cute oversize pencils found in the kiddie craft section.
The Big Orange’s variety of carpenter pencil is great for craftspeople and such and perhaps a sketch or two here or there, but it’s definitely not artistic quality. Also, even though it comes with a sharpener, I’m sure a knife works better. I don’t really trust myself not to whittle the pencil down to $0.11 worth of nothing, so I stick with the sharpener.
You wouldn’t think an orange pencil would need accessories as the bright orange really makes plenty of a statement by itself, but …
I found a blingy holder, which reminded me of – both in shape and general shininess – of the sadistic ice cave dweller Box from Logan’s Run.
I have started using these pencils for sketching out things in my journal, writing quick lists and oddly enough for marking drill holes. I still don’t think I’m going to become a pencil person. That said these pencils definitely lifted me out of my winter drearies and for $0.11 a pop that’s cheaper than anti-depressants.