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
"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