Woodworking Newsletter
Vol. 1, Issue 1
October 2006
From the Archive

Lines and Letters Made with a Carpenter's Pencil
The sketch shows some unusual work made with a carpenter's pencil. If the flat lead is notched with a three-cornered file (Fig. 1), two parallel lines may be drawn at one stroke, or various rulings may be made, as shown in Fig. 2. Broad lines can be made, as shown in Fig. 3, or unequal widths as in Fig. 4.
examples of lines and letters
Figs. 2, 5 and 6 show lines especially adapted for the bookkeeper or draftsman. If one lacks the ability to draw old English letters with a pen, the letters may be first drawn with a carpenter's pencil (Fig. 7) and the outlines marked with ink and finally filled in. Narrow lines are made with points cut as in Figs. 8 and 9. A little practice with the carpenter's pencil in making these letters will enable the student to finally produce them with the pen used for the purpose.

Excerpt from The Boy Mechanic Book 1, 1913

Editorís Note: This is a reprint of an article published in 1913. It describes what was recommended in accordance with the knowledge and practices of the day. While reading it, please consider this fact.

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