Centralia, Washington: Giant PencilA 24-foot-long, very realistic pencil is balanced on its lead point, leans against the front porch of a home, and advertises the tutoring business inside.
- 1020 W 1st St., Centralia, WA
- I-5 exit 82. Drive east on Harrison Ave. Cross the bridge then immediately bear left onto W. 1st St. Drive two blocks. You'll see the big pencil on the right.
Visitor Tips and News About Giant Pencil
The Giant Pencil has returned and it looks sharper than ever! After rainwater seeped into the eraser, it ran down the inside of its cedar barrel and attacked the glue in the original plywood tip.
The pencil was removed for sharpening and reconstruction. It now has a new and improved eraser, making the top weatherproof. It also has a solid wooden tip made with waterproof glue, tipped with a point made from a vintage organ pipe.
There is a smaller pencil nearby made entirely from another vintage pipe organ! The inside of the house is filled with many more wonderful oddities. If you see the "Open" sign, go in and see if you can get a tour.[Steve, 09/28/2014]
The Giant Pencil is being sharpened! The original plywood tip failed due to water seeping in from the top of the pencil and washing out the glue. A new and improved tip is on its way. The pencil will be back in place soon![Steve, 09/03/2014]
I love Love LOVE this Giant Pencil. I drove 85 miles to see it and was worth every mile. I like larger-than-life things, so this was perfect.[Connie from Seattle, 07/19/2013]
A giant pencil is balanced on its lead point on the front porch of a home in Centralia. The home was built in 1923 and currently houses a tutoring business. The owner of the business built the pencil just to see if he had the requisite skills and enough knowledge of geometry to get it done. Once it was completed it was carried in a local parade on the bed of a vintage pickup.
It was recently bolted to the porch of the home as a way of sharing it with more people. It is 24 feet tall, 2 feet in diameter, and weighs 250 pounds. It is made of cedar and plywood with a metal ferrel and foam eraser.[Steve, 09/16/2012]