I am David Rees, founder of Artisanal Pencil Sharpening. AMA (11/24 7-9 PM EST)
I make money sharpening pencils. I wrote a book called HOW TO SHARPEN PENCILS. I used to be a cartoonist. Some of my comics include GET YOUR WAR ON and MY NEW FIGHTING TECHNIQUE IS UNSTOPPABLE (one of the first webcomics). Earlier today someone posted a video about my pencil-sharpening business on reddit and it generated some confusion/anger. I would like to put your misgivings to rest.
7PM EST: I will begin answering questions now. I will start with questions that have the most up-points(?). For the duration of this AMA I will be listening to "Work Everyday" by Brother Ali; you are encouraged to do the same.
9PM EST: Thanks for your questions. I will try to answer some of the ones I missed tomorrow, but right now I need to go meet some friends for a beer. TWO THINGS: 1. I will be talking about pencils on CBS Sunday Morning tomorrow 2. I'd really appreciate it if you bought my book HOW TO SHARPEN PENCILS, which is available at your local indie bookstore. Thanks again everyone. --David Rees
11/25 11AM EST: PLEASE NOTE: The user posting as David_Rees is not me. Not sure what to do about this. I will try to answer more questions this afternoon. --David Rees
11/25 4:39PM EST: I'm going to answer some of the questions I missed last night.
11/25 5:39PM EST: This is the end of my AMA. (Between reddit and CBS Sunday Morning, I now have 300 pencils in my queue and I must get to work.) I really appreciate people's interest in my business. I set out to make myself happy; if it makes other people happy, my own happiness is redoubled. If you have further questions about pencils, I can recommend two books: 1. THE PENCIL: A HISTORY OF DESIGN AND CIRCUMSTANCE by Henry Petroski, an exhaustive, fascinating history of the pencil. 2. HOW TO SHARPEN PENCILS by David Rees, the best book ever written and a wonderful holiday gift. Thanks again. --David Rees