It’s been a while since I blogged about pencils — and, truthfully, a while since I wrote with one regularly — but it remains a key part of my extended, occasional arsenal, and I don’t like to leave my desktop writing instruments holder without at least one.
Something I noticed last year, as we were in the midst of renovating my home office, is that contractors always use pencils. You can write on the wall with a pencil and paint over it without show-through. You can also erase a line and redraw it; not so with a pen! My father does math with a pencil, since it’s easier to manipulate things if you make a mistake.
Outside of construction, I suspect that drawing is one of the most popular non-scholastic uses for the pencil, though it’s also one of the paper-based art forms that passed me by long ago. Instead, I prefer to use pencils for almost random writing tasks, sometimes taking notes at meetings, other times just working through ideas.
When do you use pencils?