In the last few years Guinness Record holder Ashrita Furman has always surprised us with a special present for his teacher Sri Chinmoy’s birthday on August 27th. This year (2007) he wanted to break the record of building the world’s largest pencil, and he did it with the help of an international group of gifted and brave friends. It is over 76 feet long, weighs 18,000 pounds, represents the volume of 1,900,000 regular pencils and contains 4,500 pounds of graphite. Watch the building and celebration of this unusual record-breaking birthday present in Queens, New York.

Edit & Camera: Kedar Misani
Music: Parichayaka Hammerl
Acknowledgements: Sri Chinmoy, Ashrita Furman