Do you have a favorite leadholder that you have not found in the Leadholder galleries? Send in a scan or photo and your pencil will be featured on the What’s New page along with your name (if desired), and a permanent gallery entry.
Scanning: This is the way I do it. The image below shows a low-res version of a typical raw scan. The ideal scan has a light gray background (my scanner has a white backdrop, but in my scan it appears light gray). If you were to examine a histogram of the image there would be no true black and, ideally, no true white, though in practice the shiny metallic bits of the pencil create small areas of bright white.
A similar end result is preferred for photographs. A good photographer can achieve superior results to any scan, but unless you have special equipment, natural light is best. Flash photography is generally results in very poor images for this particular use. The idea is to have an even light projecting on the pencil as shown in the scan above so a shadow appears below the pencil.
Once such an image has been produced, you just email it to me and I take over from there. It typically takes a while between the time I receive an image and the time it gets posted to Leadholder. I have a backlog of pencils to add and I work through them slowly, but surely.
One of the fringe benefits of maintaining an enthusiast website is that I get to meet other enthusiasts. I’ve been lucky enough to coax some information out of some of them. I try to keep this list reasonably up-to-date and inclusive, but if I’ve missed anyone, I apologize.
|Kevin Boyd (USA)||Leadholders.||email@example.com||Collector.|
|Dan Burkholder (USA)||Information about photographic negative firstname.lastname@example.org||
Author of the book nobody should be without: “Making Digital Negatives for Contact Printing.”
|Caran d’Ache S. A. (Switzerland)||Images and a chronology of the Fixpencil.||www.carandache.com||Swiss maker of writing instruments: www.carandache.com.|
|Carla Eloise Chait||Poetry.||Writer.|
|David Cullen (USA)||Numerous excellent leadholders, and email@example.com||Collector.|
|Glenn Day (USA)||Image of an Alteneder leadholder.||Collector.|
|Russell Erwin (USA)||Scans of Winsor & Newton leadholder set.||Collector and Artist.|
|Mark Frankena (USA)||Vintage catalog firstname.lastname@example.org||curator of the fantastic Early Office Museum|
|Michael Fultz (USA)||Information about Theo. Alteneder & Sons and catalog email@example.com||Dealer in writing instruments.|
|Andrey Gordenco (Russia)||Many leadholder and catalog scans.||Collector and dealer.|
|Paul Hunt (United Kingdom)||Many leadholder and catalog scans.||Collector.|
|isu (Japan)||Several leadholders and pointers of Japanese firstname.lastname@example.org||Collector and author of the blog The Uncomfortable Chair.|
|Jeremy Ledford (USA)||Some of my coolest thin lead pencils came from Jeremy.||email@example.com||Collector of thin lead pencils and author of Pencils 11.|
|Doug Martin (USA)||Examples of woodcased drawing pencils.||Curator of the classic Pencil Pages website.|
|Allan Macdonald (Australia)||Scans of drafting, specialized, and thin-lead leadholders; and catalog scans.||Collector specializing in drafting pencils and 19th century drafting tools.|
|Dmytryy Orzhekhovskyy (Ukraine)||Russian and Czech firstname.lastname@example.org||Creator of the website Ordinary Pencil.|
|Luca Panaro (Italy)||Several scans of drafting leadholders.||Collector.|
|Hans Presto (Sweden)||Many pencils and leads and much email@example.com||
|Gerard & Marijke Prudon (Netherlands)||Dutch leadholders, images, and information on lead firstname.lastname@example.org||Operators of the Netherlands based pencil sharpener club, Puntgaafwhich publishes a catalog of all known pencil sharpeners! (and you thought I was obsessive).|
|David Riches (United Kingdom)||Leadholder and catalog email@example.com||Collector specializing in drafting tools.|
|Robert Rogers (USA)||Alvin Constructor scans.||Collector.|
|Dick Rose (USA)||Vintage catalog firstname.lastname@example.org||Dealer in scientific instruments, specializing in slide rules. Operates the site www.rose-vintage-instruments.com.|
|Les Newcomer (USA)||Information about photographic negative retouching.||Photographer.|
|Pedro Figueiras Santos (Portugal)||Artwork, leadholders, scans of leadholders, and numerous other things.||Illustrator.|
|Laurie Schmidtke (USA)||Leadholders loaned to Leadholder to be cataloged and email@example.com||Collector.|
|Ron Westrum (USA)||Loan of vintage catalogs for firstname.lastname@example.org||Drafting instrument dealer specializing in Swiss tools.|
|Aram Wool (USA)||Scans of several thin lead drafting leadholders.||Collector.|