Pencil Shavings

Pencil Shavings | East Wenatchee, WA | April 2020

Things Around the House | The greatest inventions — spoon, book, pencil — are so pure in design and function that their digital versions often appear laughable. Sure, I read on a Kindle and type on a computer, but these technologies always feel like the first crude steps in a gadget’s evolution. These devices seem like starting points that will eventually evolve beyond the complications of batteries and screens into simpler, more elegant tools — natural, effortless extensions of mind and soul. What does this better, actually, than a good ol’ No. 2 pencil?

[In photo: Trimmings from a manual pencil sharpener.]

[And is there such a thing as a digital spoon? Well, sort of. Take a look.]