If you listen to Erasable, you know that the incense cedar you and I grew up with is a lovely wood to behold, is nearly ideal for pencil manufacturing, and is fragrant as all get out. You probably also know that this was not the originally preferred species of cedar for pencils. It’s not what’s in your closet or chest or bunny’s cage. That wood, red cedar, was used up by the early 20th century, and incense cedar became the preferred American wood for pencils. Most premium pencils (from Japan, Germany, the USA) all have barrels made of this fragrant wood. I grew up smelling this wood spilling out of the communal classroom sharpener in Sr. Teresa Mary’s classroom at St. Thomas Aquinas School. It’s a nostalgic aroma for me, and I have to say that I generally have a bias against pencils that are otherwise wonderful but which are not made of cedar. In recent years, Musgrave has moved away from incense cedar, along with other manufacturers, due — in part — to a global shortage. The smell of my childhood is becoming harder and harder to find in the school supply aisle. I miss cedar Ticonderogas (and just might have a few dozen squirreled away.) But Musgrave is turning all of this on its head and changing the game completely with the release of the Tennessee Red.