Handmade twig or coppice colouring pencils, made from locally sourced materials. I generally only use hazel or willow for these pencils as these can be readily found and foraged from the hedgerow and if cut carefully will actually be doing the parent plant a service – I am in effect coppicing the materials I use for these pencils.
I do sometimes find particularly unusual, strange or odd twigs from other trees that make for eye-catching and unique pencils – these sets will be listed in my shop individually. They may include twigs with funky moss or lichens on them, or thorns and spikes, or just be randomly and oddly shaped rather than straight.
This set of colouring pencils is made up with one each of the following range of twelve colours:
- Dark blue
- Light blue
- Dark green
- Light green
- ‘Flesh’ pink
Whilst the coloured cores do not go right the way through the twig (because of the impossibility of drilling such a long hole through a variable straightness of twig!) – there is a generous plug of lead that should last a good while before the pencil is rendered back to just being a twig again.
The length of the pencils is approximately 140mm although the width will obviously vary throughout the length of material I am using. The coloured lead cores are 4mm in diameter.
The leads have been certified to EN71, the European Standard for toy safety – although I don’t actually hold a copy of the certificate. I’ve never been asked to provide proof of the certification although I might request one just on the off-chance I’m asked for it at a fair or event I’m attending!