Charcoal Pencils

This is a great way to use any charcoal you’ve made (see our charcoal making instructions blog) and gives the children something appealing to take home.

Step 1

Chop elder branches with secateurs. Cut a variety of sizes to match the bits of charcoal you have.

Step 2

Remove the pith in the middle of the elder with a tent peg or palm drill or one of our specially designed depithers.

Step 3

Whittle the end of the elder stick to a point if you want it to look like a pencil. We’ve found they are stronger if left blunt.

Step 4

Gently insert the charcoal into the elder. The charcoal is very fragile.

Step 5

Create your master piece