Start with a pencil and create a masterpiece

Here’s something to flex those fine motor skills – pencil lead carving.

Dalton Ghetti is a US-based carpenter and also a sculptor – his canvas? The tip of a lead pencil!

Using a sewing needle, a razor blade, a sculpting knife and a carpenter’s or No. 2 pencil, Ghetti creates the most amazingly delicate and intricate carvings – without the aid of a magnifying glass. Ghetti likes working with graphite because it “…cuts in the same direction, not like wood, which has a grain”.

And if the tiny sculptures aren’t incredible enough, it is stunning to discover that some of the pieces have taken years to complete. Yes, years. On average, a standard figure takes several months to complete however larger projects, such as the alphabet collection (shown at top) took two-and-a-half years to carve.

Ghetti is currently working on a large scale project inspired by the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. He decided to make a teardrop pencil carving for each of the people who died in the attack (about 3,000). Since 2002, he has carved one teardrop pencil a day, each taking under an hour. When complete the pencils will form one large teardrop

Ghetti’s sculptures are not for sale, instead he gives them to friends. He also never buys pencils – (hopeful!) friends collect them for him.

(via Twisted Sifter)

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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