A washer has been used to convert this Staedtler Mars Lumograph 8B stub into a spinning top. It turns and spins on a piece of paper leaving behind its spirals and circles in perpetually new combinations. Proving there is still life in the old stub.
Knowleagable as he is in all pencil matters Gunther informs me that he used the Lumograph 8B because (like the 7B but unlike the 6B) it contains a small amount of shoot which produces a blacker black. A soot-less pencil turns a little longer and with less friction but the marks it leaves behind are not so intense.