The lumber industry really took off in Cedar Key around 1855. This is the year a man by the name of Eberhard Faber bought up land for timber in the area. Faber owned pencil factories, which required a lot of wood for their manufacture. So he began shipping cedar wood north to his factories.
Finally, an anecdote. I gave my 12 year old daughter a pencil pack to take on a school trip. It had a few of these, along with some Blackwings, Nataraj Bolds, and a Chung Hwa 101. Guess which pencil she likes best. Yep. The Cedar Pointe.
Nice review, especially your point about the scratchiness of these pencils in relation to other pencils. I started to get into pencils after a long sojourn in fountain pen land when I got tired of dealing with the drawbacks of even the best pens, and I think getting used to the flow of a good fountain pen over paper primed me to be ultra sensitive to scratchiness. The Cedar Pointe #2 seems extremely scratchy to me. So I also tried a Cedar Pointe #1, but still found that too scratchy for my liking.
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This iconic pencil features a 2HB lead (it is a No. 2 pencil) encased in genuine raw wood Incense Cedar. The Cedar Pointe has a smooth, rich graphite for easy writing and erasing. This is a versatile pencil for everyday use- at your desk, for sketching, for note-taking, for woodworking, or at school. Pencils come sharpened and have black eraser and black ferrule. Available in a box of 12 or as a single pencil.
This is the previous version of our popular Super Soft Kohl Cedar Green Smudgeable Eye Pencil. Soft and easy to use this pencil is perfect for that extra drama to your make up. It will last all day and can even be blended with other make up but will not fade or crease. Cedar Green is a wonderful leafy green for that extra hint of colour.
Oregon is home to the most popular species of tree used in the manufacture of pencils, incense-cedar (Calocedrus decurrens). Pencils made from this fine-grained wood are reddish brown inside and have a visible seam. Smell a freshly sharpened pencil made from this false cedar and you will immediately know how it got its name.
Incense-cedar ranges from the southern slope of Mt. Hood to Baja California. In Oregon, it is most abundant in the southwestern part of the state. This sturdy, long-lived tree tends to grow in mixed stands of other conifers, often on dry western slopes.
These quality writing pencils have environmentally friendly cedar casings. They are available in different degrees of hardness.Made from sustained yield California incense cedar wood, these pencils have a black graphite core, a smooth, easy-to-grip hexagonal casing, and soft black erasers. The p...
The most widespread native conifer in eastern North America, Juniperus virginiana (Eastern Red Cedar) is a densely columnar to broadly pyramidal evergreen conifer forming a splendid exclamation point in the landscape. Fragrant, the scale-like foliage can be coarse or fine-cut and varies in color from gray-green to blue-green to light- or dark-green. While the foliage of the species tends to bronze in winter, most cultivars retain their rich color all year. Eastern Red Cedar is a dioecious species with separate male and female trees. Male trees produce an abundance of tiny brown cones shedding pollen in late winter or early spring. Female trees produce dark purple-blue berry-like cones covered with white wax which gives them an overall sky-blue color. Many wildlife species feast on the juicy juniper berries during the winter, especially the cedar waxwings, bobwhite quail, ruffed grouse, sharp-tailed grouse, ring-necked pheasant, wild turkeys, rabbits, foxes, raccoons, skunks, opossums, and coyotes. The trunk is short, often buttressed and fluted at the base. The bark is reddish-brown, fibrous, and peels off in narrow strips on mature trees. The pinkish to reddish heartwood is aromatic, very light, durable, and avoided by moths, making it a favorite for cedar closets and cedar chests. Slow-growing and long-lived, Eastern Red Cedar is ideal for providing year round structure. Tough, heat, drought, cold tolerant, it can prosper where other conifers struggle. It is particularly useful for very dry, sunny sites where it makes a wonderful specimen plant. Perfect for a large screen. As an evergreen, Eastern Red Cedar provides good nesting and roosting cover for many birds.
Unlike species that occur in groves, Incense-cedar can be found scattered among Douglas-fir, Jeffrey Pine, ponderosa pine and other species that dominate the mixed-conifer forest. Incense-cedar generally averages about 5% of the trees in a stand though in more concentrated stands may make up 20-30% of all the trees. Despite its popularity in a range of uses, Incense-cedar has never become a mono-cultural plantation species as with other commercial western softwoods. As a prolific seed-cone producer it readily regenerates and proliferates aggressively re-populating any available site on the forest floor. Its germination and survival rate are excellent relative to other softwoods.
Given historical preference for more commercially desirable species on private timberlands, the greatest abundance of Incense-cedar is found on public timber lands in our National Forests; however, due to its aggressive natural regeneration and increasing trends towards selective harvest methods and multi-layered forest canopies, Incense-cedar has a growing importance on private timberlands in second and third growth forests. As a result, there is more Incense-cedar growing in California forests today than at any time during the past 50 to 70 years.
Managed reforestation of the species is also practiced by both governmental agencies and private interests. In California and Oregon there are numerous nurseries which grow Incense-cedar saplings for reforestation purposes. Significant research has also been carried out on such issues as genetic diversity, adaptability, insect resistance and survivability with respect to Incense-cedar. The application of the knowledge gained through years of research assures improved forest health and a continued sustained availability of Incense-cedar.
Incense-cedar originally began use as a substitute wood for Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) which was the favored wood for U.S. and many European made pencils dating from the mid 1800s until about 1920. Today, Eastern Red Cedar is still widely used for products that benefit from the natural cedar oil of this species. Products such as closet lining, shoe trees, coat hangers, storage chests and natural oil extracts used to produce perfumes and other cosmetics.
Incense-cedar also stands up to wider variations in temperature and humidity without warping, cracking or shrinking (which is important for pencil factories in many regions of the world where there are varying climates and for pencils shipped around the world). Finally, the smooth surface and relative lack of resin canals and pitch pockets assure that cedar pencils can be easily painted or stained with lacquer or water based stains to a fine, smooth finish without bleeding or other problems.
Eastern Redcedar is an evergreen tree that may grow 30 to 40 feet tall. It has scale-like, closely oppressed, glandular leaves and small, light blue-green clusters of flowers. The heartwood is light brown and aromatic, contrasted by the white sapwood and is commonly used for cedar chests. The wood is also used to make fence posts and rails.
Eastern redcedar (sometimes called pencil-cedar) is the most widespread juniper in the eastern United States. The tree was once the primary wood used to make pencils, but has been replaced with cheaper woods and synthetic materials.
The popular Gulf coast town of Cedar Key, Florida was named for its historic abundance of redcedar, and was once home to a large pencil factory. The factory was shut down when all the cedar trees in the area were harvested.
I have cedar hangers which serve the same purpose, through I used plastic hangers for 20+ years and never suffered moth damage. I use them primarily because I like the smell they impart on the clothes and the wardrobe itself.
Both of these species, as well as others that are commonly referred to as cedars, have scale-like leaves and small cones. They are more appropriately referred to as false cedars. True cedars, on the other hand, are members of the genus Cedrus and mainly occur in the Mediterranean region and the western Himalayas. As members of the pine family (Pinaceae), their leaves are needles, which are borne in clusters atop peg-like stems that form along branches. Their cones are large and barrel-shaped and grow on the tops of branches.
So why the common name confusion This likely comes from the fact that wood harvested from both groups of trees share similar qualities and have similar uses. While there are no trees in the genus Cedrus native to North America, the wood of species in the genera Juniperus, Thuja, Calocedrus, and Chamaecyparis (which are found in North America) have fragrant, soft, rot-resistant wood that makes great construction material for a variety of things, including pencils. The name cedar simply has more to do with the wood than the genetic relationships or morphological similarities among these species.
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