Handmade pencils from Nepal

A reader named Margo sent me these gorgeous handcrafted pencils, and I think they may make my handwriting more legible just by virtue of their beauty. The paper used to create these “is made from the paper of the Daphne bush using locally grown materials, simple technology and ancient skills that protect the fragile ecological balance of Nepal’s forest.” I don’t think I’ve written with a pencil in years, but I can see myself making up reasons to make lists just so that I can use these.