Monday, 12 July 2010

Post a Stub: Turning Point

Gunter of the excellent Lexikaliker blog sent this spinning-top pencil to Palimpsest's Post a Stub series. This post has been first published on Lexikaliker under the title Drehmoment.

Turning Point

Today let us turn our thoughts to the pencil that turns around itself.
A washer has been used to convert this Staedtler Mars Lumograph 8B stub into a spinning top. It turns and spins on a piece of paper leaving behind its spirals and circles in perpetually new combinations. Proving there is still life in the old stub.

Knowleagable as he is in all pencil matters Gunther informs me that he used the Lumograph 8B because (like the 7B but unlike the 6B) it contains a small amount of shoot which produces a blacker black. A soot-less pencil turns a little longer and with less friction but the marks it leaves behind are not so intense.

Gunther is the author of Lexikaliker.


  1. That is very cool. I may have to give it a try.

  2. Great idea - I might have to try it out as well. The drawings remind me of diagrams of the orbits of the planets or of the paths taken by particles in a particle accelerator.

  3. See, not only you can give the stub a spin, but be scientific as well! ;)

  4. How cool is that? I want to try it myself, and I think it would interest my son as well.

  5. It has been picked up on Pinterest, I see... :)

  6. I absolutely LOVE this idea! I'm going to have to try it out soon...Especially since I have so many pencil stubs and some in various colors too! :) I LOVE to do arts and crafts and so do my children!
    One question though, okay two questions: 1) What's the best paper type? and 2) How do you get the paper to stay in place without using something that will NOT tear the paper?


  7. You can use painters blue tape, or a draftsman tape available at art stores, or you can just use thumb tacks to mount it on a piece of foam core. The best paper is a bristal finish (smooth, but with a little bit of a surface 'tooth') While the paper is mounted on foam core you can then tilt the board slightly to change the direction of the spinning stubb.

  8. What size washers did you use?

  9. I love this idea and will definitely be trying it with my son sometime soon.

    (Discovered you via pinterest).