On the subject of pencils!!!
Nicholas Jacques Conte (1755-1805), French mechanical genius, chemist and painter, born on the 4th of August 1755, from a family of poor farm labourers. At the age of fourteen he displayed artistic talent painting a series of religious panels, he then took up portrait painting. He was also passionate about scientific studies. With the supply of plumbago (a native English graphite) cut off by the war between England and France, Conté devised a mixture of clay and graphite used to this day in pencils, and took out a patent in 1795 for the form of pencil which still bears his name.
At the weekend I made a mixed media collage, inspired by a talk we had at our French class about India, in French Inde.
Etymology for the word pencil.
The French word for pencil case/box is a plumier.
The French word for eraser or rubber is gomme.