The defining elements of the pencil post bed are the posts that go from a square to about mattress height and then switch to an eight sided taper. These are a lot of fun to make as there is quite a bit of hand and eye work involved. The posts are sawn to a four sided taper on the table saw and then marked with a spar makers scribe. Then the lamb's tongue is chiseled and finally the new four facets are hand planed to the scribe lines. You can see the other beds on my website here. Lately, I have been asked to do cherry beds with a milk paint finish. They really are nice. The milk paint is worn off a bit at the edges of the facets which really lets you see the geometry of the parts but also lets the red high lights of the cherry come through.