Centralia, Washington: Giant Pencil

A 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.
Address:
1020 W 1st St., Centralia, WA
Directions:
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.
Phone:
360-269-2975
Admission:
Free
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Giant pencil. Giant Pencil

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]
Big pencil. Giant Pencil

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]

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