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There’s Way More to a Carpenter’s Pencil Than You Think

What are the four ways to sharpen them and why aren’t they round? Master carpenter Matt Jackson has the answers.

Matt Jackson has been in the construction trades since 1972. During his career he has worked as a remodeling contractor and auto body restoration technician and, most recently, as a framer and trim carpenter on high-end custom homes. In this video, apprentices, journeymen/women, and masters alike will find useful tips and tricks related to the carpenter’s pencil. Jackson makes a case for why rectangular lead is better suited to marking lumber than round lead, and he shares his methods for creating four different points - each with specific uses. Check out his youtube channel, Next Level Carpentry for more useful tips and tricks.