Watch as mounds of graphite and clay are mixed in giant machines. See factory workers roll handfuls of long, thin ‘leads’ into containers that will be fired and dipped in a wax bath. Behold the moment when color cores are placed into their glue-lined wood casings before being ‘sandwiched’ and milled into shape.
And then there’s painting and sharpening the pencils. Faber-Castell is a 257+ year old company, and they continue to produce 2.3 billion pencils a year. These music-driven scenes make their behind-the-scenes process look rather epic.
Next: How pencils are made at the Derwent Pencil Factory, A Sketchy History Of Pencil Lead, and How Crayons Are Made – Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.