Visit the world's only Pencil Sharpener Museum

 

Paul A. Johnson Pencil Sharpener Museum

The Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center is pleased to be the new home of the Paul A. Johnson Pencil Sharpener Museum.  Reverend Paul Johnson began his collection more than 20 years ago.  This amazing collection of 3,443 pencil sharpeners (and counting) has been featured in national magazines and is reputed to be the largest collection in America.

"The whole thing started with two metal cars, my wife bought for me as a gift in 1989"..."Little did she know I would take off running with the idea."..."I now have over 3000 different sharpeners, with NO duplicates in here."  "Paul retired in 1988 thus a hobby was needed, the pencil sharpeners came at the perfect time."  Excerpt from Aug., 2007 edition of OhioTraveler by Beverly Johnston.

"Since 1988, Paul Johnson has accumulated more than 3,300 different pencil sharpeners, including models shaped like antique automobiles and a small hand-held device in a leather case from the 1930's." ..."Made of wood, metal, plastic and glass, Johnson's pencil sharpeners pay homage to everything from Barbie dolls and the space race to the fallen World Trade Center in New York City.  There's no duplicate, he says.  There's something different about each one."  From American Profile, July 28, 2010; Making a Point.

"One Christmas about 20 years ago, [Charlotte] Johnson bought a few metallic pencil sharpeners as a gift for her husband..."I gave him three and he was off and running." Johnson remembered...Her husband, Paul Johnson, became so interested in pencil sharpeners that he searched for them everywhere he went."  From ONNtv.com, Nelsonville Museum Gets To The Point Thursday, February 10, 2011.

After Paul's death in 2010, Paul's wife, Charlotte, graciously agreed to move the building and the collection of pencil sharpeners to the Welcome Center so more people would have the opportunity to view her late husband amazing collection.

The Paul A. Johnson Pencil Sharpener Museum is open to the public Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center is located at 13178 State Route 664 South, Logan, Ohio, 43138