News: Anal-Retentive Miniscule Pencil Tip Carvings

Anal-Retentive Miniscule Pencil Tip Carvings

Dalton Ghetti has been carving teeny, tiny pencil tip sculptures for 25 years.

Mr. Ghetti, who owns about as many possessions as a monk, is aware how unusual his craft is. He started carving tree bark when he was a child and experimented with everything from soap to chalk before settling on graphite. It's second nature now, and for 90 percent of his work, all he needs is a sewing needle, a razor blade and a carpenter's or No. 2 pencil.

'The pencil tip is great; it's like a pure, very homogenous material,' he said. 'It cuts in the same direction, not like wood, which has a grain. But when I tell people how long it takes, that's when they don't believe it. That's what amazes people more, the patience. Because everything nowadays has to be fast, fast, fast.'

Insane. Serious patience. Impeccable eye-sight. Incredible motor skills. Apparently Ghetti takes "years and years" to finish each project. Check it out.

UPDATE: Many more images of Ghetti's work can be seen here.

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Wow, he has patience!

Carving Chain out of anything is a good sign that you are way too good at carving and sculpting.

frickin' amazing! LOVE these... keep up the good work! = ]

I've never seen anything like that before. Brilliant.

the chain is mind boggling

Seriously. How the hell did he do that?

as for the chain, my guess is to think of the chain in terms of the way it was before he carved it; a solid, singular rod of lead. then from that, he carved each individual piece of the chain, being extremely vigilant to carve each link connected to the next. its possible. not for me though, ahaha!

No other word but WOW.

Its just a hobby, relax.


This man is awesome must have some steady hands great work

Awesome work with the pencil lead thing. Btw, what are those plugins call on the left and right of your page? thanks.


Could you please tell me what kind of pencil you are using and what other tools. I seem to have tried a couple of pencil and various tools and I still haven't gotten the knack of it. Please advise.

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