This is for anyone with a love of old school woodworking — luthiers, ébénistes and the rest. In 2009, the humorist David Rees gave up cartooning and opened up his one-man artisanal pencil sharpening service in Beacon, New York, an old factory town along the Hudson River. Just a man, some high quality cedar, a knife, and an occasional pencil sharper revive a bygone era and a disappearing instrument of communication. 400 pencils later, at $15 a pop, Rees has something good going. You can learn more about Rees and his craftsmanship by reading (seriously) his new book, How to Sharpen Pencils, with a forward by John Hodgman. Or start with an excerpt, of course, at Etsy.
Note: Rees uses some NSFW language during the video.