Charcoal is an expressive and spontaneous art material that originated with the earliest cave paintings. Available in many forms, one of the most common types of charcoal is vine charcoal. Vine charcoal is made by burning grapevine and is known for its distinctive, natural shape and range of velvety gray shades. Unlike compressed charcoal, vine charcoal contains no binding agents, which makes their marks easier to erase. Nevada Fine Arts offers a wide range of vine charcoal sticks in many sizes, plus sets that include sketching tools and other charcoal varieties.