Any carpenter, contractor or woodworker will tell you that having a pencil on-hand is vital. While the behind-the-ear tuck job is a common solution, not all ears are created equal. Pencils fall. They get lost. And with them go precious moments, mental calculations and in-the-zone flow.

Northwest Ohio native Gary Downing came up with a solution to the problem called “Quick Draw,” a simple velcro device that keeps a pencil strapped to your thumb for easy marking and drawing. The tip protrudes just beyond the end of the thumb and can be easily removed for a sharpening job. “Measure it, Mark it and Cut it FAST” goes the Quick-Draw mantra.

There’s a 100% satisfaction guarantee on the $2.25 device. Be sure to check out the quick video demo on the product website.

Very cool. Very clever.