From literature to carpentry, accounting to space travel, the wood-cased pencil and its ancestors have undeniably been at the center of creation and innovation for centuries. Join Johnny, Tim, and Andy on The Erasable Podcast as they discuss and pay homage to these seemingly simple tools of human expression.
Hosted by Johnny Gamber, Tim Wasem, and Andy Welfle.
Episode 162: I'm Just a Person with a Website (with special guest Tiffany Babb)
Today we talk about vintage notebooks, yet another new Blackwing, and mechanical keyboards. But also much to our delight, our friend and creative polymath Tiffany Babb joins the show to talk comics, literary criticism and creativity.Show Notes and LinksErasable PatreonWoodclinched on EtsyPencil Revolution on EtsyTiffany’s WebsiteTwitterInstagramEtsyNewsletterPenelope ScottSidney Lumet Essays on EB White Braided Creek by Ted Kooser and Jim HarrisonParker MillsapAnother RoundVictories Greater Than DeathPlease Like MeThe Night Train to LisbonRequiemJulien BakerNotebook TherapyLost Notebooks of Hank WilliamsIndependent Bookstore Day BlackwingsBrood X NotebooksOur GuestTiffany Babb TiffanyBabb.com @explodingarrow on TwitterYour HostsJohnny Gamber Pencil Revolution @pencilutionAndy Welfle Woodclinched @awelfleTim Wasem @TimWasem
Episode 161: Ecstatic Høvel Talk
Andy and Tim have wrested control of the show back away from the devious (yet iconic) duo of Johnny and Charlotte, and we’re talking once again to Noah Bier from Makers Cabinet about their brand new Kickstarter project, a pencil extender called The Ferrule.Show Notes and LinksErasable PatreonEpisode 111: Eiffel Tower PointsThe Ferrule on KickstarterMaker’s CabinetStriaIrisThe SympathizerThe Best of Everly BrothersHemingway DocumentaryOn Earth We’re Briefly GorgeousBurning the BooksHow to Make a Journal of Your LifeFour Lost CitiesMediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male AmericaIndependent Bookstore BlackwingBlackwing 223PR CompendiumOur GuestNoah Bier, Co-founder Makers CabinetYour HostsJohnny Gamber Pencil Revolution @pencilutionAndy Welfle Woodclinched @awelfleTim Wasem @TimWasem
Episode 160: Pencil Ain't Forever
You might notice something…strange about this week’s podcast. Do not adjust your podcatcher. What you are hearing is happening in Real Life and in Real Time. YOUR PODCAST HAS BEEN USURPED. PENCIL IS SILLY TranscriptCharlotte: Charlotte. Do you need a pencil? No, I have a pen. (Erasable theme) Johnny: Hello. Hello and welcome to Episode 160 of the former Erasable Podcast. I'm Johnny Gamber, broadcasting from a secret bunker under the Pencil Revolution Headquarters Compound. After over seven years of podcasting about pencils, my oldest child is now ruthless enough to help me in this non hostile takeover of Erasable. Charlotte joins me tonight and she swears that she's excited to be here. Hey, Char! Charlotte: Hello, Daddy. Thank you for having me. Johnny: Thank you for joining me on a school night. So Charlotte, you recently completed a science project in which you explored the permanence of different writing media that folks rely on every day, and the results were frankly SHOCKING. And they prompted us to sell off all of our Blackwings so that we could buy more vintage Parker fountain pens, and antique French notebooks.We've come to understand that pencils are just plain silly. Charlotte has kindly agreed to present her research tonight. In a short interview with her witty, brilliant, and handsome father. With apologies to Andy and Tim, from whom we are in hiding, we present the first episode of the Pen Punk Podcast.Let's get down to business. Charlotte, your science project was pretty amazing, even though I tried pretty darned hard to stop you from exploring the idea that ink could ever possibly be more permanent than pencil. Can you tell us what your hypothesis was when you began this reckless endeavor? Charlotte: Sure. Inks that people rely on will fade faster if they're exposed to light.Johnny: Uh huh. And what made you want to stab your father in the back like that and write about ink? Charlotte: I like ink more than pencil because it comes in many colors. Johnny: Um, have you heard of colored pencils, child? Charlotte: Yes, but colored pencils are useless for writing. Johnny: Hmm. Says you. All right, so speaking of gear, let's geek out a little bit. What inks did you use? What kind of pen? Charlotte: I use a dip pen, India ink. Bullet-proof ink, J. Herbin, Pearl Noire black fountain, pen ink, an InkJoy gel pen, a Parker Jotter ballpoint pen, and… that's it. Johnny: That is a lot of stuff. So can you tell us briefly, at the beginning, what did you think would fade fastest or slowest? Charlotte: I thought that India ink would fade less than the other inks. Johnny: Huh? All right. Can you tell us about your process? Charlotte: Sure. Get the inks and paper and put them together. Put one in sunlight and one in the dark. Leave them for about two weeks and then determine which ink faded the least. Johnny: And, uh, what did you find out at the conclusion of your experiment? Charlotte: I found that both ballpoint pen, ink and fountain pen ink faded. Johnny: All right. Um, I have to ask, what about the pencil marks? Did they fade? Charlotte: Well, no, but I wiped them out with an eraser in three seconds. Johnny: All right. That's enough for me. Let's get some audience questions. First. We have a little guy named Henry from Baltimore who has a question for you. Henry from Baltimore: But Charlotte, does this mean that you don't like pencils anymore? Charlotte: Yes. Anything that can be erased with breadcrumbs isn't worth writing with. Johnny: Hmm, good point. All right. We have another audience question, this time from Andy in San Francisco. Andy: Yes. Hello, thank you for taking my call. Do you know how long of a line of ink a Bic Clic can write? I've been trying to test it and have been on the road for thr
Episode 159: Blackwing 100!
Since our recording schedule and the Blackwing and Field Notes quarterly release schedule didn’t line up, we’re keeping it short today to talk about fresh points: zines, old city street guides, and an exciting announcement about the 8th issue of Plumbago Magazine.Show Notes & Links:Erasable PatreonPlumbago 8T-ShirtsWarlightThe Poets & Writers Complete Guide to Being a WriterCat Party zines Taco ChroniclesCurious Incident of a Dog in the NighttimeBand of JoyRaya and the Last DragonPencil Revolution #15404 Magazine #2Scrawlrbox BlackwingYour HostsJohnny Gamber Pencil Revolution @pencilutionAndy Welfle Woodclinched @awelfleTim Wasem @TimWasem
Episode 158: You Gotta Have Torque
Let’s get to the point: what good are pencils that aren’t sharp? Tonight, we take another look at sharpeners, the ones we love, the ones we recommend, the ones you might want to avoid.Also, check out our 2021 Erasable Podcast t-shirt campaign!Show Notes & LinksErasable PatreonWoodclinched on EtsyPencil Revolution on EtsySomebody Feed PhilFor All MankindHayes CarllA Swim in a Pond in the RainThe Flight AttendantI Expect You to DieSpirits of San FranciscoBarb and Star Go to Vista Del MarThe Walker: On Losing and Finding Yourself in the Modern CityADHD 2.0: New Science and Essential Strategies for Thriving with Distraction--from Childhood through AdulthoodAmazing paper airplane siteJohnny's Parker “51” review Mitsubishi Uni KH-20Blackwing SharpenerSonic RachettaClassroom Friendly SharpenerX-acto School ProJohnny’s review of the sameM&R keyhole sharpenerKUM single hole longpoint sharpenerOn sanding them smoothYour HostsJohnny Gamber Pencil Revolution @pencilutionAndy Welfle Woodclinched @awelfleTim Wasem @TimWasem
Episode 157: Correct Me if You're Wrong
Sometimes there are pencils that you almost love. Almost. Something holds you back, and you just can’t get these pencils to work out for you. Tonight, we examine the pencils that almost make it to our best-of lists but which we nonetheless loathe.Show Notes & LinksErasable PatreonA Swim In a Pond in the RainNathaniel RateliffSNLMudlarkingMiss Scarlet and the DukeThe SinnerThe Flight AttendantFrank Herbert: Unpublished StoriesPhoebe BridgersWrite Notepads Engineer’s NotebookBlackwing X Tribe7Pencil Revolution #14Home Work Podcast X ErasableWell-Appointed Desk Vintage Writing Paper PadTim's listMusgrave BugleViking Rollo XLBLACKWING 211Musgrave HarvestFaber-Castell “Castell” 9000Johnny's listStaedtler NoricaGolden BearBlackwing PearlTombow 2558Field NotesAndy's listFaber-Castell Grip 2001Camlin Supreme HDEberhard Faber MongolGeneral’s Semi-hexRhodia pencilYour HostsJohnny Gamber Pencil Revolution @pencilutionAndy Welfle Woodclinched @awelfleTim Wasem @TimWasem(Download)