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    "How to sharpen pencils" - sometimes I think this is me about analog photogra...

    This video is more a very needed public service message but along the same lines. Admire the sound effects of box flaps being opened and knives withdrawn from pockets, and the perfect slow motion moments: http://youtu.be/xrdHe__tt3U
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    What may be lost on many people is that he ACTUALLY DOES show you how to sharpen a pencil if you are an architect, illustrator or draftsman. Having taken mechanical drawing that was the first thing that we were taught. Although he does err in his choice of hardness, a #3 H or #4 2H being preferred.
    Last edited by Gerald C Koch; 05-14-2014 at 02:32 PM. Click to view previous post history.
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    I think the concept is very valid, as there are many things people take for granted as unimportant or have an “I know how to do that” attitude. I know from working with students for example, that many people don’t know how to cut cardboard properly.

    “The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    I think the concept is very valid, as there are many things people take for granted as unimportant or have an “I know how to do that” attitude. I know from working with students for example, that many people don’t know how to cut cardboard properly.
    We constantly see students in video clips in school. Invariably they show that students do not know how to hold a pencil or a pen. Something else that is no longer taught. Their fingers must be terribly cramped at the end of the day. No wonder they hate school.
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    Quote Originally Posted by momus View Post
    Oh man, did anyone else see themselves on this thing?
    Yes. +1

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheToadMen View Post
    So you won't get "goated" along the way ..... :
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aLYvZ5sX28
    This one is censored in Germany

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    Oh yeah? Well I learned how to sharpen pencils from my grandmother, an old Irish girl. She cut all the way through the lead and didn't need any of that sissified rubbing-on-abrasive nonsense. And she was able to get it sharp enough to do the crossword puzzle in the newspaper. It took an awfully fine point to stay inside those tiny little boxes.
    “You seek escape from pain. We seek the achievement of happiness. You exist for the sake of avoiding punishment. We exist for the sake of earning rewards. Threats will not make us function; fear is not our incentive. It is not death that we wish to avoid, but life that we wish to live.” - John Galt

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    I might also add that there is a subtle connection between this video and photography. A famous photographer recommended using carpenter's pencils in the darkroom because their shape prevents them from rolling away in the dark. This type pencil must be sharpened by hand.
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    ... like looking in a mirror.... I especially like how he destroyed the pencil at the end, because the more you practice, the better you will get. Perfect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darkosaric View Post
    So you won't get "goated" along the way ..... :
    This one is censored in Germany
    Maybe it will work in Germany if I embed the film here in this thread??



    or this direct link: http://youtu.be/-aLYvZ5sX28
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