Where It Began...
I believe in products that do what they are supposed to do. Tools that enable us to perform a task better and increase our creative output, so that we may create something wonderful for someone else to appreciate or learn from. Whether it be a piece of sculptural art or the skilled work of a carpenter creating a functional piece of furniture for a client, it matters that we all have the right tools around us to facilitate our work.
I grew up in a very creative family whose literary and engineering background instilled in me a lust for creating and building products that simply do what they are meant to do - but very well.
I use my passion to create tools that inspire others to create beautiful things - and that impact the environment in a positive way.
Handmade by Nicholas Hemingway Himself...
Second cousin of the famous writer Ernest, Nicholas Hemingway's Pencils have become sought after all over the world and its with thanks to Kickstarter that he owes this privilege.
Nicholas' beautifully crafted handmade pencils are all hand produced on his grandfather's old workshop lathe. Nicholas was left the lathe when his grandfather passed away and Nicholas started his bespoke design business in honour of him.
"Every pencil is hand-turned by myself for a truly hand-crafted drawing and writing tool"
My Green Promise to Every Customer...and the Earth...
Working with woods such as Walnut and reclaimed Ebony has meant that I have become very aware of the cost to the environment to provide these handmade natural tools. Even though the wood itself is reclaimed, it is important to me that I give back to the woodland for these beautiful tools the forests afford me to build for my customers.
One Pencil = One Tree Planted...
I have implemented an offsetting element in my company in the form of tree planting. For every pencil I sell or you pledge for, a new tree sapling is planted to combat deforestation.
This way you know that your purchase of a pencil has contributed to a brand new plant or tree being grown to help sustain our future.
"My grandfather would have been proud to see his lathe being put to really good use by his grandson, and such an apt product for a Hemingway to have produced with his own hands" - Nicholas Hemingway
Risks and challenges
Of course there is a small chance that there may be delays in the process, but I hope to absolutely meet my deadlines and fulfillment agendas once the pledge target is met. Realistically, there are no real obstacles to overcome as I am machining all the units myself and have estimated that I can produce a maximum of 20 pencils per day absolutely all on my own. That's the great thing about a self producing production line, I am not relying on any other companies or manufacturers to meet my demands.
If I get an order for 40 of my precision pencils then I make 40 pencils and distribute them myself with no one else to depend upon. This bespoke made to order service is the way small business used to run before industrialisation. It's a straightforward service much like a tailors. Its a beautifully simple means of production and so I hope not to run into any problems.
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