Artisanal Sharpening


Follow your gifting, hone your skills, and no matter what your gift, pursue it with excellence and integrity. Anyone can be an artisan–even David Rees. This video will give you all the proof you’ll ever need. Watch and be amazed (do not fail to check out the website).

Pete Peterson is the author of the Revolutionary War adventure The Fiddler’s Gun and its sequel Fiddler’s Green. Among the many strange things he’s been in life are the following: U.S Marine air traffic controller, television editor, art teacher and boatwright at the Florida Sheriffs Boys Ranch, and progenitor of the mysterious Budge-Nuzzard. He lives in Nashville with his wife, Jennifer, where he's the Executive Director of the Rabbit Room and Managing Editor of Rabbit Room Press.


  1. David

    Throughout the whole video, I couldn’t tell if this guy was absolutely serious or pulling my chain. Still not completely sure, actually.

  2. EmmaJ

    “And this is why you don’t sharpen pencils with sandpaper on an airplane or a moving bus.”

    Wow. That is devotion to an art.

  3. Jessica

    I couldn’t help but laughing and comparing the seriousness of his pencil sharpening to my third grade students who sharpen and resharpen, break, lose, step on, and chew on their pencils all day long as well as spill pencil shavings all over the floor on a regular basis! Pencils and sharpening pencils are a curse to any elementary school teacher. I never thought of it as an art form! I’ll have to share the tweezer tip at my next collaborative meeting.

  4. Eric Peters

    I came *this close* to buying a super heavy duty, electric pencil sharpener at a yard sale today b/c of Mr. Rees. If for no other reason than to mail it to him.

  5. Justin

    There is no way this isn’t a parody, but I’m stunned by the attention to detail in the execution. Quite impressive.

    Favorite line: “the plastic bag is to collect the pencil shavings, which are property of the pencil’s owner and must be returned to them.”

  6. Dan R.

    @EmmaJ, @David,
    If you go on his website there’s a page in which he lets you know just how serious it is. Though somewhat enigmatic, it is also quite humorous.

  7. Loren Warnemuende

    I want one of his pencil sharpeners. None of the ones at our house work at the moment. Though maybe the reason our pencils constantly break and need to be resharpened is because they’re the cheapest available, given as birthday “treats” by my kids’ classmates. I hear Rees charges $15 per sharpened pencil. Think I should send some in?

    Becca, the title on that video is frighteningly appropriate!

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