This section is from the book "The Boy Mechanic Vol. 2 1000 Things for Boys to Do", by Popular Mechanics Co.. Also available from Amazon: The Boy Mechanic, Vol2: 1000 Things for Boys to Do.
One evening when my wife was using the only penholder in the house I desired to do some writing and being in a hurry, I hastily made a substitute holder of a pencil. Two cuts were made in the butt end, as shown ; the pen was then slipped in, the outside wound with a rubber band, and my penholder was complete. - Contributed by H. A. Sullwold, St. Paul, .Minn.
Ill: The End of the Pencil as It is Prepared to Receive the Pen