There are plenty of places on the web where you’re told how a pencil is made, but have you really ever had a chance to see it in action at a factory like Musgrave Pencil Company?!
And while we wish we could welcome you through our doors to see it in person (alas, we don’t offer tours of our pencil factory for safety reasons), we can show you some amazing close-ups of our machines hard at work making custom made in the USA pencils.
But before we dive in, it’s helpful to see a visual of the production process. First things first: Think of a pencil like a sandwich. It’s made up of a single graphite core sandwiched between two slices of wood, held together with glue. Once that “sandwich” is made, it’s sent through machines for cutting, shaping, painting, printing, and tipping (set with an eraser and a ferrule).
Here’s a great Illustration courtesy of Britannica Kids to show each step come to life!