I’m not sure why, but I seem to find videos of factory production of creative objects deeply soothing. I think it likely stems from the impression Mister Rogers’ film of a crayon factory made on my still forming brain as a child. Regardless, they’ve become a semi-regular feature here at The Scholarly Kitchen (see that crayon film, along with highlighters and pencils).

After an unusual week, replete in the US with smoke from forest fires in Canada, the usual July 4th fireworks chaos, and the rush of returning to work and realizing that those deadlines still haven’t gone away, I figured it was time for a little peaceful zoning out. For those purposes, find below the Hokusei Pencil Company.

David Crotty

David Crotty

David Crotty is a Senior Consultant at Clarke & Esposito, a boutique management consulting firm focused on strategic issues related to professional and academic publishing and information services. Previously, David was the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. He oversaw journal policy across OUP’s journals program, drove technological innovation, and served as an information officer. David acquired and managed a suite of research society-owned journals with OUP, and before that was the Executive Editor for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, where he created and edited new science books and journals, along with serving as a journal Editor-in-Chief. He has served on the Board of Directors for the STM Association, the Society for Scholarly Publishing and CHOR, Inc., as well as The AAP-PSP Executive Council. David received his PhD in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing.


1 Thought on "Hypnotic Pencil Manufacturing"

This is hypnotic! My question is, how long before robots are substituted for all the humans in the video?

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