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Sat, Oct 22


The Boiler - ELM Foundation

Community Works! An Interactive Lesson on Pencil Making

Join author Caroline Weaver to learn about the riveting history of the pencil while getting hands-on with the materials it's made of.

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Community Works! An Interactive Lesson on Pencil Making

Time & Location

Oct 22, 2022, 3:00 PM – Oct 23, 2022, 4:30 PM

The Boiler - ELM Foundation, 191 N 14th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA


About the Event

The modern pencil has changed very little since 1794 when it was born out of necessity by a French hot air balloon engineer during the Anglo-French War. All it took was powdered natural graphite, powdered clay, water and a hot kiln. From there, the story begins as we meet a whole cast of characters including inventors, writers, carpenters, industrialists -- all of whom played a major role in perfecting the design of a surprisingly complicated tool.

We're going to learn about this marvel of design and try our hands at creating something (anything!) with the raw materials. Prepare to get hands-on and gain a broader appreciation of the world's most universally used and under-appreciated writing tool.

This is a community event and ALL ages are welcome! 

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