An Iowa man may be on his way to an official world record — for pencils.
Aaron Bartholmey of Colfax has been collecting wooden advertising pencils since he was a child, the Associated Press reported.
Now, he claims to own over 70,000 pencils.
The Colfax man reportedly has every kind of pencil available and “even ones you may have never thought could exist,” KCCI.com noted.
Bartholmey had every one of the pencils in his collection counted by individuals from the American Pencil Collectors Society, a not-for-profit hobby organization.
That society is a not-for-profit hobby organization devoted toward the exclusive interests of “establishing and maintaining communication among pen and pencil collectors and the dissemination of information relative to writing instruments,” the group notes on its website.
Close-up of a pencil on the page of an SAT college entrance exam book. An Iowa man is awaiting word from Guinness on whether he’s set a World Record for his extensive pencil collection. (Thomas A. Ferrara/Newsday RM via Getty Images)
The counting event took place at the Colfax Historical Society, a nonprofit organization.
“In addition to the World Record attempt that will be going on all day, the museum will also be open for several hours in the middle of the day. Everything is free. So come see a truly unique event, support Aaron and see the museum to learn the truly amazing history of Colfax.”
Aaron Bartholmey of Colfax, Iowa, noted that he could “confidently say” he’s passed the 70,000 mark for his pencil collection. (iStock)
It added, “See you Saturday.”
Bartholmey said the counting event was “a success.”
It will take an estimated 12 weeks for his submission to be reviewed and then responded to, he said.
The Associated Press contributed reporting.