Tree pencil

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Here’s another cool thing I picked up in Germany: a pencil made from a hollowed-out twig. There was no brand or label on it (I saw it at a garden center), and the woman at the checkout didn’t know where it came from. But it’s fun to use all the same, and reminds me of a passage from Nabokov that I read on Palimpsest:

We recognize [the pencil’s] presence in the log as we recognized the log in the tree and the tree in the forest and the forest in the world that Jack built.

2 thoughts on “Tree pencil

  1. Oh, you are faster than me, QuoVadis. I picked up a similar pencil up in the Lake District, near Borrowdale actually, and was planning to write about it. “Watch it cut into lengths by old Elias Borrowdale…” 🙂

  2. I bought one of those for my cousin! 😀 We found it in a shop at the Pike Place Market, Seattle. The one we got said it was made in Thailand. It is really neat 🙂

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