|Lesley Crawford's Lazy Susan Coloured Pencil Holder|
courtesy of David Crawford, Janie Gildown and Barbara Newton
all photos copyright Lesley Crawford
How many times do we see great ideas for helping us sort out our studio in books? But do we all put them into practice?
Like many coloured pencil artists, Lesley likes to have all her art materials and storage sorted while working in her studio. She used to have problems with tins and boxes of coloured pencils all over her desk. They took up too much space. Plus she also didn't like the way she had to shuffle through pencils bunched together in jars, especially when the shorties fell to the bottom!
Then she saw the Lazy Susan Pencil Holder - as pictured in the Colored Pencil Solution Book by Janie Gildow and Barbara Benedetti Newton. She asked her husband David if he could work out how to make the pencil holder from the picture!
This is her explanation of how it came about once David had studied the picture and worked out how to make it. Thanks to Lesley and David for both the story and the pictures - and thanks to both Janie and Barbara for the inspiration!
Instructions for Making a Lazy Susan Pencil Holder
The starting Point - a wooden Lazy Susan
- Lazy Susan (a circle of wood on a small circle of wood joined by ballbearings so that it spins round - available from kitchen shops). The one we bought is 14 inches in diameter - see right.
- Timber 35mm x 14mm - from DIY stores, very cheap. Usually comes in lengths of around 2 metres.
- Small hinges and screws
Instructions for how to make a Lazy Susan Pencil Holder
- Drill and bit
Cut the timber into 165mm lengths. (Please note that this is what fitted my lazy susan. If yours is a different size you need to adjust this measurement)
Choose a drill bit that is slightly larger than the diameter of your pencils. Put a piece of tape around the bit 30mm from the tip - this will prevent you drilling through the bottom of the wood, and will make all the holes consistently deep. Drill one hole and check that a pencil will fit, if it is tight then use a slightly larger bit. Drill a line of holes along the narrow side of the wood, with a slight space beween each one - I got 14 holes per strip.
Join two pieces together with a hinge as shown
Make as many units of two pieces of wood as you need.
Sort your pencils out as you want them to be arranged, and write the names on the wood with indelible ink - ballpoint pen fades over time.
|Paired strip joined by hinge - open to show the names of the pencils|
|Paired strip folded and sitting on top of the Lazy Susan|
- and the Pencil Holder has started (repeat as required)
This then held all my original set of Derwent pencils. However as my collection increased, it got a bit crowded, so I cut a piece of plywood into a circle of 18 inches in diameter, and screwed four small blocks on it so that it would sit tightly on top of the original lazy susan.
I now have 11 units of paired strips, holding a total of 308 pencils - all in a footprint of 18 square inches. I have my complete sets of Derwent Artists, Faber Castell Polychromos and Prismacolor Verithins, plus a few odds and ends from other sets.
In the centre is a tub which holds tools, erasers, blenders etc.
You can keep the whole thing on the desk, or lift off as a unit off to use separately. The pencils are always in the same order so you soon get to know where they are, and it is easy to put your hand on exactly the one you need.
If you've got a good solution for storage
or anything which is a cost-effective solution for anything to do with art
DO let me know by leaving a comment and a link or contacting me (see right hand column).