How to Sharpen Pencils

David Rees, comedian and creator of the much loved Get Your War On cartoons in Rolling Stone, is out with a new book, How to Sharpen Pencils. It is both a manifesto and fully illustrated guide to the artisanal craft of pencil sharpening.  The New York Observer compared his pencil tutorials to the Brooklyn version of Portlandia, but this is a serious business.

Have you got the right kind of point on your pencil? Do you know how to achieve the perfect point for the kind of work you need out of that pencil? Deep in New York's Hudson River Valley, craftsman David Rees — the world's number one #2 pencil sharpener — still practices the age-old art of manual pencil sharpening. Now, in the parody How to Sharpen Pencils, Rees reveals the secrets of his craft. Once you've made it through this book, you will know how to get the perfect point on your pencil without injuring yourself.

You can meet David and learn more about the art of pencil sharpening at his book event at 7:30 tonight at Powell's Books located at 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd in Portland.


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