It’s a website for a man named David Rees. He’s a professional pencil sharpener. Here’s his bio off the site:
I’m not smart enough to be able to tell whether this is serious, or serious satire. But either way, I like it.
This is he:
About to get down to the serious business of sharpening pencils by the looks of things.
You can send in your pencil and he’ll send it back sharpened, and he’ll send you back your shavings.
Or you can buy the pencil from him and he’ll send it to you sharpened, professionally. Or for just sixty five bucks you can send your pencil, get it sharpened and get this cool poster too.
I wonder if he accepts pencils from South Africa? And what if the sharpened nib breaks in the post on the way back home again? Then do I just send it straight back again? And will that cost another sixty five bucks?
This dude really is an old-school craftsman, there’s this guarantee on his site:
And critics agree that his sharp pencils are a thing of wonder:
His pencils also come with a sharpness warning.
Sharpening pencils is clearly a very serious business.
My art director, Karin, found one of these old guys in the stationary cupboard at work last week, and we got stuck in sharpening every pencil in sight. Remember these from back in the day on your teachers desk up in front of the classroom?
There’s something incredibly satisfying about an extremely sharp pencil, one that’s ready for action.
Is it just me, or did anyone else read that as ‘artis anal’? Just me. Oh.