Bouquet of Sharpened Pencils

Ok, so I stole my title from a line in the movie You’ve Got Mail but these ‘Woodland Pencils’ are seriously wonderful! I found them displayed for sale in a cafe we visited today, TurQuoise CaFe right by the main road in the Ettrick orchard area, Central Otago. If you’re going that way don’t miss this superb cafe – it’s an old orchard packhouse – now painted bright blue! New Zealand.

The pencils are giant, I just wanted to take a bunch and start drawing!

Big, bold vibrant colours ๐Ÿ™‚

And would you believe, while we were there the maker arrived with a carton of wooden toys to show the cafe owner. Joy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s a new toy out of the box (prototype), a young relative of the maker will be the lucky recipient. We all loved it and I imagine it’d sell really well.

How cool is this? The strings run right through so you can adjust the posture of this tech-cutie robot .. wide-eyed at all the attention!

Let me introduce you to the new business (April 2020) behind these and other creations – RNR Designs based in Invercargill – their Facebook page:


Reminder: I’ve previously posted photos of the absolutely fabulous TurQuoise CaFe. We’ve visited several times this year and owner Lorraine does wonderful food! Today we both chose feijoa cake served with sauce and yoghurt to have inside, and we bought 2x ginger slice and 2x cranberry/nut/chocolate slice to keep for later.

@turquoisecaf [Facebook page]

Here’s a photo I took back in January this year.

Text by Liz, photos 1-3 by Nigel, photo 4 by Liz; Exploring Colour (2020)
keywords: turquoise cafe, coloured pencils, colored pencils

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  1. Kia ora Team – I am this maker of these and LOVE the support. The pencils are fully functional but can be a little tricky to sharpen( craft knife works) The robots are all finished and on the fb page for sale. Please feel free to have a look. Thank you !!!

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  2. The pencils look fun and would make a lovely display too. It’s great to see someone making wooden toys too. (And I have serious cake-envy now, hehe!)

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      1. I tend to like “old school” toys more than the technological ones, especially ones made of wood. I grew up with making things with Tinker Toys and Lincoln Logs, which may be uniquely American toys–both used wooden pieces for constructing buildings and other things.

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  3. We have a number of artists in the family who love drawing with colored pencils. These are obviously hand-made, right? And “giant”–how large are they? They appear to be very challenging to really sharpen for fine work, though. Still, really intriguing.

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    1. Yes, they’re hand-made and would need to be sharpened with a knife. They’re for children, for fun (but some people buy them because they’re attractive and just put them on display). Way bigger than a standard pencil but you’d best ask via their Facebook page for actual measurements.

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