A pencil is one of the oldest and frequently used writing instruments. It seems that it is a quite simple tool that consists of a graphite rod and a wooden base. But it is not so easy to produce it as you can think. Since 1889, General Pencil company has turned a incredible amount of raw materials (paints, wax, graphite, cedar boards) into products that one can find in stationery and art shops throughout America: simple pencils, watercolor pencils, pastel crayons and many others. Christopher Payne visited this factore dozens time per a year to document and take photos of all the stages that materials go through to become the pencil. and here, he’s ready to to open the veil of secrecy.
Recycled graphite, collected for further use