Artisanal Pencil Sharpening

David Rees, a former comic artist in Beacon, New York, has started a business in which he hand-sharpens his customers' pencils. His company is called Artisanal Pencil Sharpening, And here I thought I was super cool with my wall-mounted Boston sharpener. The cost for this service is $15. On his site, the endearing Rees begs you to understand that this is not a joke, even if it does make you smile. For $60, you can get a super sharp No. 2 and a signed, limited edition print (seen here at left) that Rees made to celebrate the opening of his webfront.

On August 20th, Rees will be sharpening at the Montague Bookmill, near Amherst, Massachusetts. If you're in the area, check it out!

Many thanks to FB&C contributor Jonathan Shipley for posting a link on his blog to yesterday's LA Times story about David Rees and his unusual business.