If you've been following my growing love of pencils then you know I like to keep things simple. My go-to pencil roll is a $5.00 canvas wrap. It looks good and does everything I want. But when Andrew Henry showed me a recent leather pencil roll he made by hand and offered to make me one I had to accept. I told him how many pencils I like to carry and that I need a pocket to carry a sharpener and an eraser, and he got to work. The result? The most amazing pencil roll I have seen to date.
This is high quality Essex leather by Horween, one of the oldest continually running tanneries in the United States (and it's located in Chicago!). Soft, thick, dark brown leather and it is all hand-cut, hand-punched, and hand-stitched. It holds 16 pencils (even unsharpened Blackwings) and has a pocket for whatever else you might want to throw in there. A KUM Masterpiece sharpener and a Caran D'ache Technik eraser fit inside with room to spare.
This baby is a work of art. It wraps up nicely and is sure to last my lifetime—I suspect longer. After checking out all the leather options out there, this is the leather pencil roll I am most impressed with. If you get it, It'll be the last pencil roll you need. My man, Jim Fowler (a leather connoisseur who rocks one of the Saddleback bags) checked out my new roll and is ordering one for himself). You can order one for yourself from Andrew's Etsy store, Hank's Handmade Leather Goods. He makes wallets and pocket notebook covers as well. It's all amazing. Go get some.