Pencil Tip Sculptures by Dalton Ghetti


A carpenter from Connecticut, USA, Dalton Ghetti creates miniature masterpieces on the tips of pencils. He has been making his tiny graphite works for about 25 years. He never sold any of his work, only given it away to friends.
Dalton uses three basic tools to make his incredible creations: a razor blade, sculpting knife and sewing needle to make holes or dig into graphite, scratch and create lines. He even refuses to use a magnifying glass. The longest Dalton has spent on one piece was two and half years on a pencil with interlinking chains. A standard figure will take several months.

Dalton hollowed out the centre of the wood, then carved the central column of graphite to create this hanging, linked heart.



Carved from the graphite in a normal pencil: A highly-detailed boot.



An intricately-detailed screw, carved in one piece from a pencil’s graphite.



The longest Dalton has spent on one piece was two and half years on a pencil with interlinking chains. “The interlinking chains took the most effort and I was really pleased with it because it’s so intricate people think it must be two pencils”



A tiny saw, using both the wood and graphite of a single pencil.



Carved from the graphite in a normal pencil: A tiny hammer.



A sculpture of Elvis Presley wearing shades, carved from a single pencil.



Carved from the graphite in a normal pencil: A tiny button.



A miniature graphite chair.



Using the eraser end of a pencil, Dalton created a tiny cross sculpture from the internal graphite.



This carving shows a goblet being held by a hand, all carved from one pencil’s graphite.



“I use the sewing needle to make holes or dig into the graphite. I scratch and create lines and turn the graphite around slowly in my hand”



A mini mailbox on a post.



Dalton has a box full of more than 100 sculptures that have broken while working on them that he affectionately calls ‘The Cemetery Collection’. He said: “I have quite a few broken pieces so I decided to glue them on pins and into styrofoam for a display case. People might think it’s weird I keep them but they’re still interesting. I worked on them for months so they might be dead now but at one point I gave them life”

The Cemetery Collection

via : Odd Stuff Magazine







7 Responses to “ Pencil Tip Sculptures by Dalton Ghetti ”

  1. Good grief – that must take incredible patience and skill…

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  3. God, great pencil tip

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  4. Wow that is just amazing! I have no idea how the artist could work with something that small. Just thinking about it gives me a headache.

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  5. Wow, amazing pencil tip!

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  6. Simply amazing. I don’t think I’d have that much patience! ;-)

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  7. cool! no word i can’t say any.. =D

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