This gets a 10 for creepy and a 10 for clever.
The creepy part
This is a 240 pencil set made from the carbon of a cremated human. Each pencil is foil stamped with the name of the deceased.
The clever part
Only one pencil can be removed at a time. You sharpen the pencil by putting it back in the box. The shavings then occupy the space of the used pencils. Over time the pencil box fills with sharpenings — turning the box into a new urn (it’s filled with the shavings which are made from the cremation).
Designed by Nadine Jarvis. Linked via Marc Ecko.
jsonon 11 Nov 08
alxon 11 Nov 08
Braxoon 11 Nov 08
Not for people who chew on their pencils obviously.
Alion 11 Nov 08
The shavings are not from the cremation.. the shavings is wood. The carbon center is from cremation
Scotton 11 Nov 08
Ok, yes, this is clever. It also falls into the category of “just because we can, doesn’t mean we should” category.
This is just wrong, on so many levels.
Scott Meinzeron 11 Nov 08
Where do I sign up?
I mean to buy it, not be killed and have people write with my ashes. :|
JDon 11 Nov 08
JF would so do this with JSJ.
Mimoon 11 Nov 08
Roberton 11 Nov 08
alright, hippies… time to put your money where your mouth is with this recycling hoopla.
Jayon 12 Nov 08
Reincarnated… as a pencil? Not for me – that’s for sure.
Luison 12 Nov 08
Where do I sign up to become a pencil?
Luis IIon 12 Nov 08
Would you say that the very act of them selling this makes them pencil pushers?
Rhiannonon 12 Nov 08
I think it’d be great where it’s apt. My boyfriend is an artist – his preferred medium is pencil. I’d do this in a heartbeat. It’d be a nice tribute. But since the carbon middle is what’s him and the wood around it isn’t, I doubt I’d actually use any of the pencils.
Though, I think I might be a little biased since I work at a crematory. :)
Arthur Aveon 12 Nov 08
I saw this on CSI!
someoneon 12 Nov 08
Clever, tasteless, pointless.
p-daddyon 12 Nov 08
I’d like to pre-order one with my Boss’s ashes.
Do they have a “pencil-making” policy that allows this?
Roberton 12 Nov 08
When I die, I’d rather have my stomach acid be used to make a batter that powers some sex toy.
Kristineon 12 Nov 08
Some people have too much time on their hands. Who invented this?
Chrison 12 Nov 08
Can you get a set of different colours?
Andrewon 12 Nov 08
Don Schenckon 12 Nov 08
Who is to say if this is write or wrong??
bffon 12 Nov 08
Aaronon 12 Nov 08
Robert, you win at the Internet.
theresaon 12 Nov 08
I’m a pencil artist by passion and a designer by trade. A co-worker forwarded this to me with saying its to be “my next pencil”... while I hope this is not in fact my NEXT pencil, I wouldn’t mind getting a set of pencils made from my ashes when I die. Since we don’t know where we go afterwards anyway, I wouldn’t mind being inside the pencil that helps create future pieces of art. :)
Visalia Wordsmithon 12 Nov 08
Ah, the endless (if sometimes unbridled) ingenuity of the species known as Homo Sapiens Sapiens! Perhaps it will help to defuse our societal aversion to our own personal end by demystifying death a little more.
Josh A.on 12 Nov 08
@Braxo LOL.@Ali I really hope the pencils are just wood, but this seems to say otherwise:
And, no, this isn’t sick. Everyone has experienced the grief of losing a family member/friend, we all know what it’s like, so we should all be able to lighten up a little. Personally, I don’t think it’s particularly pleasant, but it is clever, and Braxo’s comment was funny.
Tony Buseron 12 Nov 08
Soylent Pencil is people!
Ozyankon 13 Nov 08
Hmmm…my mother, who was 85 when she died back in August, would probably only be able to write about the trip she took to Mexico 25 years ago.
Graceon 13 Nov 08
I would ABSOLUTELY do this…I’m a writer, and if I ever happen to find myself a protege, I could give them these and have them write things.
A lovely way to be remembered, IMHO.
Don Schenckon 13 Nov 08
My wife told me she thinks this is a great idea.
She buys a stack of tablets and I’m gonna start watching my back.
Zachon 13 Nov 08
Found in the stationary section right next to the horsey-gluesticks.
Melon 13 Nov 08
Agree with Scott.
Chanon 13 Nov 08
I do not wish to become a bunch on miniature golf pencils
Anneon 13 Nov 08
I actually really like that idea. I’d mostly wonder if one could write well with it.
There’s many ways of grieving—doesn’t all need to be the coffin-in-a-graveyard burial. (Besides this pencil idea, I’m quite fond of the older tradition of a burning boat.) While maybe I’d prefer myself to be donated to a few med students, this wouldn’t be all that bad either. As long as it’s donated to a really good artist or writer!!!
Rainon 13 Nov 08
I think a lot of whether or not I would want this done to me would revolve around a strong stipulation for the uses I would be put to.
Teresaon 13 Nov 08
@Anne My mother want to go out that way. I told her she better pay for archery lessons, since I wouldn’t want the flaming arrows to go awry. I think she saw First Knight one too many times.
I would make pencils from my cremains in a heartbeat. I’m all for being creative with my remains. Being buried is boring.
Auroraon 13 Nov 08
How can they prevent you from removing all the pencils at once and sharpening them in a normal sharpener?
tphdon 13 Nov 08
hottt pink, plz.
and use my nipples for erasers.
do it now.
Dweezieon 14 Nov 08
I now have a new post-humus goal. I used to want to be chucked whole into the Chesapeake Bay, but this is much more fitting. I really can’t think of a better way for my loved ones to honor my memory than by turning me into writing or art, both of which I will have spent my life loving.
M Foxon 14 Nov 08
I scored 1310 on my SATs back in the 80’s – maybe they could give future test takers my pencils for good luck! LOL!
An alternate idea, which is still carbon-based, is to have the ashes made into a gemstone.
alexon 14 Nov 08
all i can say is awesome
Sebhelyesfarkuon 15 Nov 08
Where can I buy soaps?
Maxon 15 Nov 08
Wow. Time to sign up as a pencil, might as well be useful after I died.
Claudiekoon 18 Nov 08
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