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The Pencil (2010) Peter Thomas 8 ½ x 5 ½ inches. Peter Thomas. This book is a celebration of the pencil. The text a short history of the pencil and there are vintage advertising pencils displayed in the book. The text was hand written and illustrated, and colored with pencil by Donna. The original was then color laser printed on Peter's handmade paper for the edition. The six vintage pencils are mounted in the center of the book, held in a wooden holder that we made using pencil cedar, construct with a hand carved dovetail joint. The binding has a unique tri-fold cover, the text hidden behind the inner cover and the pencil holder. Donna executed the binding, using oasis goat leather spines and Peter's handmade paper that he printed using antique wood type, with multiple press runs in multiple colors. 12 pages. 30 copies. $545.

When the book is first opened the viewer finds suspended advertising pencils displayed as icons. This book uses the pencil symbolize the value that education and ability to easily disseminate information has had for the advancement of civilization. The wooden pencil holder, made using pencil cedar wood, is constructed with a dovetail joint to represent the value that the craft content has in a work of art. The opened book reveals a second, inside, cover. If the viewer opens this cover a text is revealed; this process is meant to represents the challenges of learning. That text is a high school-like report, hand written in pencil. Its purpose is to reference the pencil's essential historic role in recording, organizing and conveying information.




© 2002 Peter and Donna Thomas